OFFSTAGE: Jake Owen “Truly Sorry” for Weekend Incident in His Hometown

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Twitter gave Jake Owen a way to address what in the world happened Saturday night (May 5) in Vero Beach, Fla., without making fans wait for some kind of formal watered-down announcement regarding his shenanigans. “I just got arrested in my hometown,” he tweeted with a picture of himself in handcuffs. And there was also one that said, “I had too good of a time on Cinco de Mayo.” (There were also tweets about a mask and a Steak & Shake and John Wayne, but those have since disappeared.)

Sunday morning, he wrote this apology: “I want to publicly apologize again for bringing to light a situation that I overreacted to. I embarrassed myself and my family and most importantly the great people of my hometown. The sheriffs were doing their jobs and I made an immature decision to announce it to the world. This is me talking. Not some puppet that is reciting what he ’should’ say. I take full responsibility. Again, what’s done is done, but I am truly sorry.”

So what exactly is it he’s sorry for? No one knows for sure, except maybe Owen and the law officers in Vero Beach, but there was apparently some drinking involved. And although Owen tweeted the photo of himself in handcuffs, his publicist says he was not charged with any crime and that the whole episode was a “misunderstanding.”