We recently brought you a story about a woman who claimed she was kicked out of a Brad Paisley concert in San Diego for breastfeeding. Police strongly disagreed with her account, and Paisley, who discussed the incident on radio last week, says he does too.
Megan Christopherson was in the pit area of the July 10th show with her 4-month-old child when she was approached by officers from the Chula Vista Police Department. In a video captured by a bystander, the officers were heard telling the woman to either sit in seats they’d designated for her, or to leave. She chose to leave. The police said they were simply concerned about the child’s safety, as it can be very loud in such close proximity to the speakers.
When speaking with KFRG‘s Frogmen in the Morning show on Friday, Paisley maintained that the police did the right thing.
“It seemed to me …it sure seemed that she did the absolute wrong thing.” the country singer remarked. “She’s probably picked the wrong fight.”
Paisley was performing during the incident and didn’t see what transpired. He stressed that he had “nothing to do with [it],” and while none of his people were involved, he did enough research to come to his own conclusion. “From what I was told by the authorities, according to the police it had nothing to do with breastfeeding at all,” he said, “Nothing.”
Paisley said he watched the YouTube video of the incident, and said the cops handled it professionally. He went on to say, “it didn’t look like they were mean.” In the clip, the police are overheard saying, “Your child doesn’t have hearing protection on. The crowd is going to start surging forward. Where you’re at, your child can get crushed.”
Paisley, a father himself, absolutely understood their concerns.
“There’s no way I would take a 6-month-old, or however old the baby is, into the pit at one of my concerts,” the singer explained. “When my kids go to concerts, and believe it or not, they were there at that one, and they rarely go, they look like Princess Leia, they have these huge earphones. And they’re back at the soundboard. Because even back there it’s 100 decibels.”
Paisley believed the woman was at fault in this case, and hoped she would take it as a learning experience.
“People are crazy, they do some crazy things and make some bad decisions,” the country star said. “And that was in every way a bad decision. And I wish she would just learn from this as opposed to pretending to be a victim.”