After a Warped Tour audience member in Maryland Heights, Missouri allegedly called Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy a “fu**ing ignorant ni**er”, Travis broke his microphone beating the man on Tuesday (July 1). McCoy was arrested and charged with third-degree assault for the incident. Police spokesman Sgt. Joseph Eagan told TMZ, “There was an incident last evening with a band called Gym Class Heroes, and that we did make an arrest. There was an altercation between one of the artists and one of the patrons, and the person arrested was booked on assault, posted bond and was released.” Though the attack was racially motivated according to Eagan, he said the alleged victim “and the artist are of the same race.”
A statement from the alternative hip hop group’s manager Bob McLynn released earlier today stated: “Somebody in the crowd was taunting Travis with racial slurs. Travis invited him onstage with the intent of calling him out in front of the crowd, with absolutely no intention of a physical altercation. When he tried to help him onstage, the guy hit Travis in the knee area (which has been in a brace because of a recent sprain), forcing Travis to defend himself. At this point, a scuffle broke out.
“This whole incident is unfortunate. Travis McCoy and Gym Class Heroes are anything but violent. Their message is about racial unity and having a good time. It’s amazing that in 2008, there are still people out there that would say such ignorant things. Travis is deeply upset that this happened, and has expressed his apologies to the band’s fans that were at the show, [tour organizer] Kevin Lyman, and the Vans Warped Tour. GCH is putting this behind them and looks forward to seeing everyone on the rest of the tour.”
Watch footage of the incident below the fold.