Hootie & The Blowfish’s Darius Rucker Breaks Silence On Arrest

Darius Rucker is speaking out about his arrest earlier this year. The Hootie & the Blowfish founder was arrested in April on drug charges in Tennessee.

“It shocked me,” Rucker said People in an interview. “My friends who worked in law enforcement were like, ‘Have you upset anyone here?’ Because it’s crazy that they’re doing this a year later. But I think someone wanted to make an example of me, and they did.

Rucker continued: “I’m handling it with my lawyers. And pay the price, and we will move on with our lives. It’s rubbish. Fifty-seven years old, never seen in a police car or in jail, and I get arrested for it.

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The singer was previously arrested in February 2023 for expired labels. When meeting with authorities, they found marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms in his car (recreational marijuana is not legal in Tennessee). He was released without charge, but a warrant for his arrest was issued in December 2023.

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Rucker is working on his new memoir, which includes his past struggles with substance abuse, to which he says, “I hope my journey pleasantly surprises people and makes them say ‘Wow.’ Few people know me much. They know my music and what I do, but they don’t know how you got there.

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