CREED/ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti says that he "shocked" to hear GODSMACK frontman Sully Ernausing a derogatory term for a homosexual male to describe CREED singer Scott Stapp (see video footage below). The reference was made during Erna's lengthy speech midway through the final song of GODSMACK's set at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on October 9, which saw Erna challenging the audience to form a massive pit on the floor of the venue and "tear shit up." Erna subsequently issued a public apology to the members of CREED, and in particular to Stapp, for his comments, explaining that "this was an immature and meaningless attack, and I am man enough to admit when I am wrong."
When asked by the Gun Shy Assassin web site if he's spoken with Stapp since the Erna incident, Tremonti said, "I haven't talked to Scott since [Sully] went off that one night at the show, but knowing Scott, he probably wasn't very aware of it. I think [Scott's] manager called our manager, who also manages Sully and GODSMACK, and then Sully in return… he didn't need to, but he wrote a big, sincere apology letter. We've all hung out and he's been very nice to me every time I've met him. Something happened way back in the day and he's held a grudge, and I guess he got angry and let that resurface. It was shocking."
In his letter of apology, Erna admitted that he had "no excuses whatsoever" for making the "insulting and disrespectful comment" about Stapp but explained that "there has been a lot of bad blood for many, many years between myself and Scott concerning his actions towards a young fan he disrespected and how he has treated people in the past." He went on to say, "I am a 42-year-old dad, with a great career and a much bigger purpose in life than to be stuck in my juvenile past, and wasting my time carrying around useless grudges. I myself have made many mistakes in my life and was no angel, but have been forgiven for those mistakes. So I am here to bury this once and for all."
Stapp took to his official Twitter profile on October 29 to address Erna's apology, writing, "Sully, I have nothing but love, forgiveness and respect for you, bro. Keep rocking and I look forward to catching your show in Florida with my son Jagger. Rock on."
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