Linkin Park Security Guard (Or Someone Claiming to Be) Alerted Cops to Sublime's Weed
Is this the face of an anti-marijuana crusader?
Update 5/29 12:45 p.m.: Sublime With Rome's manager said that Brad Delson, Linkin Park guitarist, is responsible for alerting the police to Sublime's stash. Read more here.
Update 5/28 4:30 p.m.: Read the entire police report here.
Update 5/28 1:57 p.m.: We are starting to get somewhere. The Pima County Sheriff's Department, which had deputies at the concert, has sent us a copy of the police report associated with the incident. The quick and dirty: A Linkin Park security guard approached an off-duty deputy at around 6:50 p.m. to complain about Sublime smoking marijuana.
"The smoke was irritating one of the band members and he is, indeed, allergic to marijuana smoke. They were requesting for us to talk to the band to tell them to stop smoking the marijuana inside," the report reads.
The officers approached Sublime's dressing room.
"We could smell an overwhelming odor of burnt marijuana in the hallway and approaching the door. The door was unlocked and as we proceeded in, we noted that there was nobody in the room itself; however, in plain view, were several bags of marijuana," the report reads.
The officers proceeded to confiscate the marijuana and some paraphernalia, including "bags of marijuana, a glass pipe, Zigzags and several roaches that were used to smoke." Then they left a card with the case number in the dressing room and returned to security duties at the concert.
So, the police report says that a security guard -- acting on behalf of an unnamed band member -- approached Pima County deputies about Sublime's marijuana use. We've reached out to Linkin Park's spokeswoman for further clarification. But in the meantime, Linkin Park's lead rapper Mike Shinoda has addressed the issue on Twitter.
LP didn't "call the cops" on @RomeMusica smoking pot. Not sure where the rumor came from. Definitely not my style, bummer it happened.— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) May 27, 2014
If someone was "representing the band" to the cops in the venue about weed smoke, they were out of line.— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) May 27, 2014
There you have it. Deputy says he was approached by someone claiming to represent the band; said person complains about marijuana use; Sublime's marijuana gets confiscated; Sublime singer publicly alleges Linkin Park called the cops on them; Linkin Park singer says anyone who did such a thing in the band's name did so without the band's permission. Follow all that?
No word yet on whether Pima County will file charges against members of Sublime. Will continue to update as more information comes in.
Update 11:24 a.m.: We reached out to Linkin Park's publicist about the allegations, and she issued the following response:
"Rome Ramirez's allegations are 100% false. No one from Linkin Park's camp said anything to the police or any other authorities regarding the activities taking place in Sublime's dressing room."
This really just opens up more questions. So what was Ramirez referring to when he tweeted? Did the weed-seizing incident really go up in smoke? We'll update when we get more information.
Original story: Linkin Park and Sublime With Rome were the one-two headliners in Tucson this past weekend, playing Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium for KFMA Day, an event put on by the Tucson radio station of the same name.
That said, the most newsworthy thing to happen might have come from Sublime With Rome singer Rome Ramirez's Twitter, who, in a series of tweets, claimed Linkin Park called the cops on the band and had them raided for weed. No, that's not a joke. Here's what Ramirez said:
The drama unfolded in a series of three tweets.
"Linkin Park called the cops on us and said that they were allergic to pot. cops came and took all our weed while we on stage. Bitch shit," read the first.
"That just happened lol #snitches #bitchmove," read the second.
"Linkin nark," read the third.
New Times has reached out to both sides, as well as the Pima County Sheriff's Department,
but has yet to get a response. Check this page later for updates.
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