Not to kick a man while he’s down, but, darn it if the story of Randy Travis‘ arrest this morning doesn’t sound like something you’d like to hear accompanied by a twangy guitar. From what we gather, piecing things together from the beginning, the country crooner had “an evening of celebrating the Super Bowl” (per his official statement) and an argument with his girlfriend (per what he told the police) that somehow resulted in him driving his 1998 black Pontiac (damn, that’s kind of an old car for an award-winning pro, no?) to the First Baptist Church of Sanger, Texas, on Monday morning, the local NBC affiliate reports. He said he was trying to drive back to his ranch, 20 miles away, but the officer found him parked in front of the church with an open bottle of wine in the passenger seat.
“Mr. Travis was unaware of his location and kept asking me to take him home,” the officer stated. Travis was booked at 1:30 a.m. at the Denton County jail and released a few hours later.
Travis also reportedly collapsed onstage last September, in the middle of singing at a hospital benefit gala. His publicist blamed the incident on dehydration and allergy meds.
Now, I’m not a big country music fan. But I do like movies about country music stars. And I’d just like to point out that all of this sounds like a deleted scene from Jeff Bridges‘ Crazy Heart. That was a really sad movie, people. Let’s hope it all turns into a triumphant pop song soon.
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