Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy was arrested Tuesday night at a Vans Warped Tour Stop on one charge of third degree assault.
The punk-hop group had just finished the first song of their St. Louis set when McCoy overheard someone near the front row direct a racial slur his way. While security removed the man from the crowd, McCoy reached down and broke his microphone over the offender’s head.
“I’m sorry. But when someone calls you something that ignorant and that offensive, you have to bash their head in with a microphone,” said McCoy.
McCoy was arrested onstage when the group finished their set.
Manager Bob McLynn issued a statement reading, “Somebody in the crowd was taunting Travis with racial slurs. Travis invited him onstage with the intent of calling him out in front of the crowd, with absolutely no intention of a physical altercation. When he tried to help him onstage, the guy hit Travis in the knee area (which has been in a brace because of a recent sprain), forcing Travis to defend himself. At this point, a scuffle broke out. This whole incident is unfortunate. Travis McCoy and Gym Class Heroes are anything but violent. Their message is about racial unity and having a good time. It’s amazing that in 2008 there are still people out there that would say such ignorant things.”
McCoy has been released on $500 bond.
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