Only in Florida could someone get arrested for shredding the national anthem with such feeling. Local guitar god Lane Pittman pulled out his guitar on Independence Day to play the “Star Spangled Banner” for an assembled crowd. He tried to play in the street, but officers warned him an arrest was imminent. Lane moved his one-man show to the sidewalk.
Lane then put on a magnificent show, only to be detained by the same angry officers. He simply played his guitar too loud and needed to be taught a lesson. Lane — who has enough time on his hands to be a youth pastor and coach, as well as a guitar god — would like to clear the air:
I do not promote deliberately defying authority. I endorse good character and fun times within the system. I did not have a drop of alcohol in my system and was just trying to be as patriotic as I can, legally, on the day of our independence. So, before rumors spread, this is to clarify ANYTHING being said among the public. I have youth that I teach small groups at in church. I have youth that I coach. I would never, for a second, want them to think that intentionally rebelling against authority is something that I am for. Nor do I want the parents of those youth to think that. I am very thankful for the support of THE greatest family, friends, and fans in the entire world. I love all of ya’ll more than you can ever know. AMERICA!!
Lane requested that his charges be dropped, but police aren’t budging yet. It’s amazing how they zeroed in on this guy when, surely, there are so many other things worth busting in Florida.
(Via Death and Taxes)