In the raw aftermath of police murders and national controversy on law enforcement, the article caused an uproar, with many FGL fans taking to social media to say they'd stop buying music and attending concerts by the band.
Singers Brian Kelley and Tyley Hubbard quickly released a statement saying that they simply declined the extra police presence because they have their own security, and said "We have nothing but love and respect for the police".
The reporting has many wondering if this kind of drama and misunderstanding will become increasingly common now that TMZ has opened offices in Nashville. In a city known for the laid-back nature of its celebrities, here's hoping Nashville doesn't become the next Hollywood.
Below is the full statement by Florida Georgia Line:
“You won’t find two guys who are more supportive of the police than we are. What happened over the weekend was a misunderstanding that was blown out of proportion and taken out of context. There is nothing more to this story beyond our team feeling that it would be redundant for us to use local authorities when we are already covered.
Our management is routinely asked if they need help from local law enforcement for additional security backstage at concerts, which is common among touring acts.
Some acts accept the offer, but most don’t because they have their own security, or the promoters provide it.
We have an enormous amount of respect for the brave men and women who protect our communities and allow us and our fans to have a good time at our shows.
Nothing is more important than our fans’ safety.
We are lovers of people, and want to be a part of the change that is needed right now.
We encourage everyone to do the same.
Let’s love one another.
BK and Tyler