Blythe: Official Statement On Manslaughter Case

In his first official statement, Randy Blythe discusses his time in prison and being overwhelmed by the reaction and support from fans.

Blythe: Official Statement On Manslaughter Case
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Randy Blythe has released a lengthy official statement after being released from jail last Friday (August 3). The letter discusses his time in jail and his reaction to learning about the outpour of public support upon his release, before once again protesting his innocence. Blythe says he knew very little about how his case was being viewed outside the Czech Republic: "I had minimal knowledge of how my case was viewed anywhere but the Czech Republic. I was told by my attorney that I had a lot support from peers in the music industry, my hometown, fans, and of course my family. I cannot express how emotional it made me upon my release to read about even a fraction of the voices that were raised on my behalf. From legends in my music community, to fans across the world, and even people who were previously unaware of my existence but sympathized with my plight - I am truly humbled. I cannot thank you enough for your thoughts and prayers." He adds that the support in his hometown of Richmond , VA, has been overwhelming: "Many people I have never met before have stopped me on the street, waved and smiled as I passed by, or said hello in a restaurant. All have said 'We are glad you are home, Randy'. You all make me proud and grateful that I call Richmond home." Although he makes it clear that he received no special treatment in prison and lived among the general population, he says the guards and other inmates treated him fairly: "I had food, clothes, shelter, and no one was trying to kill me. I cannot complain over a short stay in prison while many people elsewhere fight to survive on a daily basis." Finally, Blythe swear he will return to Prague to stand trial, even though he could easily choose to stay in the US safe from extradition and prosecution: "As I write this, the family of a fan of my band suffers through the indescribably tragic loss of their child. They have to deal with constantly varying media reports about the circumstances surrounding his death. "While I consider the charge leveled against me ludicrous and without qualification, my opinion makes no difference in this matter. The charge exists, and for the family of this young man, questions remain. The worst possible pain remains. "It is fairly common knowledge amongst fans of my band that I once lost a child as well. I, unfortunately, am intimately familiar with what their pain is like. Therefore, I know all too well that in their time of grief, this family needs and deserves some real answers, not a media explosion followed by the accused killer of their son hiding like a coward thousands of miles away while they suffer. "This is not about bail money. This is about a young man who lost his life. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter. Thank you for reading this, and I wish you all peace."

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    iommi600
    "I had food, clothes, shelter, and no one was trying to kill me. I cannot complain over a short stay in prison while many people elsewhere fight to survive on a daily basis."
    Fuck, he's awesome.
    cfhdomination
    Respect to Randy. He's handling this whole situation with pure class, and I hope nothing but the best for him.
    Minivirus2
    It's statements like this that really make you stop and think "Damn, maybe he would make a good president." Well spoken, heartfelt, and one who stands for justice.
    Dr1313feelgood
    randy you are a fighter all my respect goes to you dont let anything in life stop you we all know you will go back and come home with a clean slate
    coco-axeman
    Despite not liking Lamb of God, respect where respect is due, and it really is due here.
    boratian
    Never game a damn about Randy until this trial started, and this statement? Wow...truly a stand up human being, we need more people like him.
    damillion
    I'm humbled to see he has so much respect for both the juridical system and the victim. I have to respect a soul who holds justice and compassion in such high regard.
    OceansBetweenUs
    fede01_8 wrote: why nobody say anything about the boy that died in the concert, why nobody show symphaty for his family. He's not the first person that climb the stage. He was sober and unarmed and he was pushed to his dead yet Randy is the coolest and nicest person in the world...
    Because concerts are only really dangerous if a) there's a stampede or b) you put yourself in a place of danger. Their son chose option B. If anything, the venue should be held responsible for their security guards inaction to remove him from the concert before hand.
    zalant
    UG Wrote:
    once again protesting his innocence.
    Is Randy really protesting his innocence? Somehow, I think the word "professing" might work a little better there. I realize that by one definition of the word (protest) it does work, but it still seems like the more common definition is to object to something. Anyway, I'm just splitting hairs, I suppose. Go Randy!
    Camron62\m/
    and to think i probably wouldn't have appreciated him as a person any further. i'm speechless. what a great guy.
    ChucklesMginty
    fede01_8 wrote: why nobody say anything about the boy that died in the concert, why nobody show symphaty for his family. He's not the first person that climb the stage. He was sober and unarmed and he was pushed to his dead yet Randy is the coolest and nicest person in the world...
    Randy didn't even push him.
    nnb
    fede01_8 wrote: why nobody say anything about the boy that died in the concert, why nobody show symphaty for his family. He's not the first person that climb the stage. He was sober and unarmed and he was pushed to his dead yet Randy is the coolest and nicest person in the world...
    I know some over me addressed this but... Why you no read?
    OceansBetweenUs
    If you're caught stage diving at any venue I've been to, that's immediate grounds for being thrown out (it's friggin' dangerous, ok?). This guy did it multiple times, and then got hurt doing so. It's a really bad situation for everyone, but blame should fall on security/venue for even letting a member of the crowd on stage.
    Minivirus2
    fede01_8 wrote: why nobody say anything about the boy that died in the concert, why nobody show symphaty for his family. He's not the first person that climb the stage. He was sober and unarmed and he was pushed to his dead yet Randy is the coolest and nicest person in the world...
    If you took the time to READ the article, rather than skipping over that and crying foul, YOU'D realize that RANDY is being sympathetic towards the family and in doing so commited to going back the the CR to face trail. See, I can use bold html too!
    iommi600
    lul wrote: Lamb of God is pretty stupid name
    You went to an article where Randy really laid the shit on just to comment about how you dislike the band's name. I'm assuming you're trolling...
    Root Beer
    What an awesomely humble person. The fact that he feels such a strong need to go BACK to Czech to clear his name speaks volumes. EVERYONE can learn from his example. Maybe I'll even give LOG a listen or two...
    Abacus11
    Before reading this I thought Randy was kind of a tool. After reading this I have to say I have a ton of respect for him. I've always kinda liked Lamb of God. I don't LOVE them... I think they're a pretty decent metal band but I'm not what you'd call a big fan. After reading Randy's statement I actually want to listen to some of LOG's stuff and give them another chance.
    Steyr9001
    Not the biggest LoG fan in the world (by no means do I dislike them, I'd planned on seeing them with Gojira and Dethklok in September), but this statement really takes my respect for this guy to a whole new level. Slightly more off topic, I wish anyone who would challenge the decency and humanity of metal musicians/fans could see things like this. I think he's made an entire culture proud to have him as a prominent part of it.
    guitargodwannab
    this just proves that not everyone in the Metal side of the Music Industry are heartless people. this guy, by far is one classy guy. ok he has this charge against him but rly he is standing up to wut he is up against and is ready to accept wut may come. props to u sir, props to u
    Haleee182
    fede01_8 wrote: why nobody say anything about the boy that died in the concert, why nobody show symphaty for his family. He's not the first person that climb the stage. He was sober and unarmed and he was pushed to his dead yet Randy is the coolest and nicest person in the world...
    You, sir, are stupid.
    Maiden95
    Randy is the best, I teared up a bit reading the last few paragraphs. God bless you Randy!
    Revocati0n
    I don't know how I would've handled this situation... good on Randy for not taking it badly.
    Root Beer
    Superperfex wrote: Cardbored wrote: Superperfex wrote: A statement like that is more than enough evidence for me. Evidence that he's a cool ****ing guy? I'd say so too. That's what I meant. I don't understand why everyone negged me for saying that.
    I thought you meant "evidence that he is guilty"; it was a little ambiguous.
    JD2k9
    Never really been a fan of Lamb of God, but Randy is such an awesome guy judging by this. If I was in his position I'd just be like "prison was shit".
    Slaytan666
    I still find it odd that I haven't heard of the security guard in question getting locked up, seeing as how he was the one that did all the pushing.
    6-String_Madman
    fede01_8 wrote: why nobody say anything about the boy that died in the concert, why nobody show symphaty for his family. He's not the first person that climb the stage. He was sober and unarmed and he was pushed to his dead yet Randy is the coolest and nicest person in the world...
    Ignorance kills, dude.
    5MinutesAlone
    one-dead-cop wrote: When was he in prison? What have I missed?
    Welcome back to earth...how was it living under that rock on Mars btw?
    KilleyeWill
    Feel bad for the kid and for Randy. Where the hell were the security or police when he made it on the stage a reported three times. Seems like the concerts staff is just as incompetent as they put Randy out to be. I got to give it to Randy though. I would have a hard time leaving America for a while if I got back. Hope he wins. Love LOG.
    patrickmarkd
    Wow Randy is amazing, what a hero. Such respect for this guy. hope everything goes well
    Cardbored
    Superperfex wrote: A statement like that is more than enough evidence for me.
    Evidence that he's a cool ****ing guy? I'd say so too.
    Erickson11
    Ometh wrote: I don't care if he ws released or not but can this mean the end of LOG? Please, pretty please? We need less shitty metalcore.
    Not Metalcore by any means. Learn your sub-genres or GTFO.
    millercat
    that's a stand-up guy right there. Takes a lot of courage to face the music (no pun intended) when you really don't have to, and he's doing it with the victims family in mind. Shine on, you crazy diamond!
    ibcamiam
    Randy is one of the classiest people i know. I have the up most respect for someone who did nothing and still served jail time. Thanks Randy!
    goingnowhere21
    Just because you're a metal star doesn't mean you have to be a shitty role model and person. I can't say enough how great it is to see humble people in the metal community that live their lives this way and have this approach toward life.
    devonsdad
    Welcome back Randy, I must say that your empathy and sympathy for the young man's family is indeed a welcome change from the shit going on today. Much respect for you in my eyes. Going back to stand trial is the right thing to do for you and his family. I hope the truth wins out and everyone can move on. Heavy Metal \m/ rules.
    kmcharger21
    I've gained a whole new respect for this man. Don't like his music but respect him to hell and back.