Randy Blythe: Role Model

Aug 6, 2012 by

I like to think that I’m a stand up guy.  Sure, I’ve made some mistakes.  We all have of course.  But all in all, I generally try to treat people as well as I possibly can and do the right thing even in the face of adversity.  And having said that, I like to think that in most hypothetical circumstances, I would continue to be a man of value and character and make the tough choice based on what’s right instead of what’s convenient or easier.

But every once and again you hear about someone who not only says the right things, but has the conviction to make what’s ultimately a very selfless choice, in the face of what could cost him dearly if things don’t work out.  Enter Randy Blythe.

If you’ve never heard of Randy Blythe or his recent predicament, you’re not alone.  He is the lead singer of the heavy metal band Lamb of God.  Lamb of God is one of the most well known acts on the metal scene, having consistently toured with well known bands such as Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, Slipknot and others, and have headlined some of the biggest tours and festivals around the world.  Despite their relative fame, their singer’s recent incarceration in the Czech Republic flew under the radar as far as the mainstream media is concerned.  Here is a quick rundown in case you’re unaware.

Back in 2010, Lamb of God played a show in a club in the Czech Republic.  During the show, a young man was injured and subsequently died from his injuries in a hospital two weeks later.  On June 28th of this year, Lamb of God, returned to the Czech Republic for the first time since the show two years ago for another show.  Randy Blythe was arrested in the airport right after they landed in Prague.

The authorities in Prague charged him with Manslaughter, alleging that Randy had thrown the young man from the stage and therefore causing the injuries that ultimately claimed his life.

He was held for over five weeks without being charged.  During that time he was granted bail which he paid ($200,000), then was denied as prosecutors deemed him a flight risk.  After posting double his bail as an act of good faith upon an agreement between his attorney and the prosecutor, he was once again denied bail and remained stuck in jail.  After several weeks before even being formally charged, an appeals court finally granted bail on August 3rd and he was able to leave. Randy Blythe is now in back in the US.

A more detailed timeline of the events can be found here.

Randy Blythe has maintained his innocence, and the available video footage of the incident in question pretty clearly illustrates that the person who died was shoved by a security guard and not a band member.  Eyewitness testimony also supports this and highly suggests that the singer is innocent of what he is being accused of. Hopefully, the legal system in the Czech Republic is a fair one and the truth will come out, whatever that may be.  That’s not my point though.

Having been home for a few days, Randy Blythe released a statement today.  It can be read in it’s entirety on this page, but here’s a excerpt:

“…the family of a fan of my band suffers through the indescribably tragic loss of their child. They have to deal with constantly varying media reports about the circumstances surrounding his death. I am charged with maliciously causing severe bodily harm to this young man, resulting in his death. While I consider the charge leveled against me ludicrous and without qualification, my opinion makes no difference in this matter. The charge exists, and for the family of this young man, questions remain. The worst possible pain remains”.

“It is fairly common knowledge amongst fans of my band that I once lost a child as well. I, unfortunately, am intimately familiar with what their pain is like. Therefore, I know all too well that in their time of grief, this family needs and deserves some real answers, not a media explosion followed by the accused killer of their son hiding like a coward thousands of miles away while they suffer”.

“I am a man. I was raised to face my problems head on, not run from them like a petulant child”.

“I hope that justice is done, and the family of Daniel N. will receive the closure they undoubtably need to facilitate healing”.

“I feel VERY STRONGLY that as an adult, it would be both irresponsible and immoral for me not to return to Prague if I am summoned”.

“This is not about bail money. This is about a young man who lost his life. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter”.

Randy Blythe could stay in the US.  He could resume his life and assuming he is as innocent as he appears to actually be, who could blame him?  To return for a trial is to risk incarceration for several years.  Hopefully, the prosecutors in Prague will drop the case against Randy and he will never have to take such a risk.  But he is prepared to in the name of honor and consideration of others.  I wanted to share this with you because the entire saga has been largely ignored by the people who decide which pieces of news gets delivered to the masses.  Stories like this need to be told and heard and passed along.

I had never heard of Randy Blythe prior to this, and I only heard about this from a colleague who is connected to the music industry.  If this were someone else – say the singer from a pop or country band of comparable popularity, would the powers that be within Fox News or CBS be all over this story? Would Bill O’Reilly would be calling for a boycott of all things Czech?  Would fellow musicians vow not to tour there?

Randy Blythe is a role model for kids and adults alike, and he is an example of how a man should conduct himself in light of adverse circumstances.  I encourage you to share this will all the people you know who could use a little inspiration.  Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

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