Don’t drink and tweet, ladies and gentlemen.
Jake Owen, whose “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” hit No. 1 on the country charts next year, had a little too much fun in Vero Beach, Fla. on Cinco De Mayo. Early in the day, Owen tweeted a photo of himself drinking a Corona and wearing a sombrero, writing, “What’s the big deal about Cinco de Mayo. I’ve been drinking my a** off Everydayo of Mayo.”
Things turned south for him later in the evening. Instead of issuing a formal statement after being arrested like most public figures would do, Owen got right to the point, tweeting a photo of himself handcuffed.
“I just got arrested in my own hometown,” he tweeted. “I was wearing an old man mask and the sheriff decided to rip me out of Steak And Shake and embarrass me in front of my family. Classic.”
Later in the evening, he ranted about the police: “You give a guy a gun and a badge and he thinks he’s John Wayne. I’m calling it a night. My mom cried. My Dad was embarrassed.”
In the morning, Owen was a bit more remorseful about his antics. He deleted his anti-police tweets. “Y’all I apologize,” he wrote. “The IRC Sheriff was doing their job. I love hometown. I had too good of a time on Cinco de Mayo.”
The damage control continued. “I want to publicly apologize again for bringing to light a situation that I overreacted to. I embarrassed myself and my family and most importantly the great people of my hometown. The Sheriffs were doing their jobs and I made an immature decision to announce it to the world. This is me talking, not some puppet that is reciting what he “should” say. I take full
responsibility. Again, what’s done is done, but I am truly sorry.”