Florida Georgia Line Offer Another Statement About ‘Anti-Police’ ‘Misunderstanding’
In their second statement regarding recent incidents that have fans labeling Florida Georgia Line as "anti-police," the duo is offering a more in-depth explanation about what happened, calling it "a misunderstanding that was blown out of proportion and taken out of context."
"You won't find two guys who are more supportive of the police than we are," Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley write on Instagram. "There is nothing more to this story beyond our team feeling that it would be redundant for us to use local authorities [backstage] when we are already covered."
When FGL performed in Wisconsin and Iowa on Friday and Saturday (July 22 and 23), reports began popping up on social media that the duo had requested no police presence at both shows, eliciting outrage from fans; however, sheriffs working at both shows clarified to news outlets that the request applied only to backstage. In Iowa, the request was honored (and a request for a police escort leaving the show was denied), while in Wisconsin, the request was denied. On social media, Country Thunder -- the festival at which Florida Georgia Line played on Friday night -- wrote in response to the online chatter, "We have seen the original post, and none of it was true,” while FGL stated, "[W]e have nothing but love and respect for the police. We are bummed anyone ever got a different impression.”
In their latest statement, Hubbard and Kelley go on to explain that their management team "is routinely asked if they need help from local law enforcement for additional security backstage at concerts, which is common among touring acts." Some acts use the added security team, while others do not "because they have their own security, or the promoters provide it."
"We have an enormous amount of respect for the brave men and women who protect our communities and allow us and our fans to have a good time at our shows. Nothing is more important than our fans' safety," Florida Georgia Line conclude. "We are lovers of all people and want to be a part of the change that is needed right now. We encourage everyone to do the same. Let's love one another."
On Monday (July 25), Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver, the sheriff who spoke to multiple news outlets about FGL's Iowa show, told Saving Country Music, "I don’t want this to be anti Florida Georgia Line," explaining that, at concerts, he speaks with the tour manager to determine how his team can assist and that "[i]t’s fairly unusual that you would have a group say that they don’t want law enforcement backstage at all."
Florida Georgia Line are currently on the road on their Dig Your Roots Tour; a complete list of upcoming tour dates is available on FGL’s website. Their third studio album, Dig Your Roots, is due out at the end of August.
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