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We don't typically weigh in on Godsmack news here, but I just got an email from Universal Records with an apology

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Godsmack Singer Sully Erna's Apology to Creed Is Almost as Offensive as His Anti-Gay Slur

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We don't typically weigh in on Godsmack news here, but I just got an email from Universal Records with an apology from Godsmack singer Sully Erna. His apology (after the jump) is related to comments made about Creed and its singer, Scott Stapp, at a show in Connecticut earlier this month. While trying whip the crowd into a frenzy, he made an off-hand remark that if fans weren't game, they should go to a Creed show. Apparently a fan didn't appreciate the sentiment and flipped Erna the bird. Erna shot back: "You like Creed? You like Scott Stapp? He's a faggot! Faggot!" To this, the folks in the front of the crowd cheered and tossed their arms in the air.

His apology is the antithesis of humble, and amount to an apology for attacking Stapp and Creed, not for using an anti-gay slur. Here's a taste:

I would like to send my sincerest apologies to the members of Creed, Scott Stapp and any of our fans that I may have offended for an insulting and disrespectful comment I had made towards Scott Stapp and Creed at a show Godsmack recently played in Connecticut at Mohegan Sun. I have no excuses whatsoever.

The truth here is, 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. And from that day forth I had completely lost all respect for him.

Classy, huh?

Is there really nobody at Camp Godsmack who things his homophobic slur should be accounted for? Or in this scene is it more reprehensible to attack Creed than gays? Judging from the reaction of the crowd at the show, I'm starting to think so.

Full apology, emphasis mine.

I would like to send my sincerest apologies to the members of Creed, Scott Stapp and any of our fans that I may have offended for an insulting and disrespectful comment I had made towards Scott Stapp and Creed at a show Godsmack recently played in Connecticut at Mohegan Sun. I have no excuses whatsoever.

The truth here is, 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. And from that day forth I had completely lost all respect for him. But the details of what he did are no longer important now. What's important is, that it was a long time ago, and I know Scott has come clean, admitting his faults from the past for the most part, and has worked hard on cleaning himself up. And I should have respected that and given the guy the benefit of the doubt. But I didn't. I got hung up in the moment, and said something that was completely out of line through a grudge I have carried for many years about him. For that I would like to "publicly apologize" to all the members of Creed and their fans. With the exception of Scott, I have been friends with the members of Creed/Alter Bridge for many years, and I am embarrassed as a friend to have insulted them like I did.

I have suffered no consequences for my actions, nor have I been requested by my record label, management company or attorneys to reach out and correct this matter. I am writing this letter by my own will. I am doing this because I want everyone to know that I recognize this was an immature and meaningless attack, and I am man enough to admit when I am wrong. I would like to think I have grown past these parts of my life, and I have always preached the word that "music is not a competition", it is a universal language that we all are connected to and experience in our own ways, and I stick by those words. With that being said, I would be nothing more than a hypocrite to slander another artist for no other reason than for past events that I have held against him.

I would also like to say thank you to the fans for waking me up on this matter through your reviews, comments and emails, as harsh as some of them were, they helped me realize that 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. I don't expect Scott or any of the guys to accept my apology, but I still feel the least I can do for embarrassing them is to man up and apologize publicly. It was a tasteless and unnecessary comment about 4 very hard working guys. We're all in this rat race together, and I am very sorry for disrespecting you."

 
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