Here's what really sparked Chad L. Coleman's subway rant

May 3, 2015 at 5:54 p.m. ET
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That public meltdown The Walking Dead's Chad L. Coleman appeared to have on a New York City subway on Friday? It turns out there's a pretty understandable reason for it.

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A video posted on TMZ Friday showed Coleman, best known for playing Tyreese on The Walking Dead and Cutty on The Wire, pacing up and down the aisle of a subway car, ranting and cursing at passengers.

"I want to know where my humanitarians are!" he yells. "Yes! I'm Chad L. Coleman! I'm on The Wire, The Walking Dead, I'm not trying to f***ing play no games with you!"

He continues, "Yes, I'm an actor! You want me on TMZ? Record it!"

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Then he singles out one passenger, shouting at him, "Where is my humanitarian? If you care, f***ing care!"

The video is nearly four minutes long and shows much of the same ranting at passengers.

Now, Fox reports, Coleman has apologized and explained exactly what happened Friday. He was frustrated, he said, by rioting and racial tension in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died of injuries he sustained while in police custody. Coleman said he lost his temper when a passenger on the train used the n-word, and his outburst was the result of "built-up frustration."

Coleman has said since Friday that he wasn't drunk when the incident happened; he claims he was only upset.

It was all just a big mistake,” a relative told the New York Post about Coleman's outburst.

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Check out the video of the rant from TMZ below, and then head to the comments and tell us what you think. Did Chad L. Coleman have a good reason to be so upset? Or did he overreact?