By Shannon Frost Greenstein
You may have heard about the Randy Travis video.
Granted, this was back in 2012. But the country community was shaken when Randy Travis was arrested for driving under the influence. According to reports at the time, he was uncooperative, belligerent, and threatening towards the arresting officer. It was also reported that he was found naked in the road by his crashed car.
Now, things are not always as they first appear. For example, these events happened prior to a debilitating stroke Randy suffered the next year. Additionally, he received a concussion and other injuries in the car crash, which surely could have impacted him cognitively.
However, these factors were not taken into consideration by the Texas Department of Public Safety, which yesterday released the dash-cam footage from that fateful evening.
Randy, his wife, and a large circle of friends and fans attempted to obstruct the release of the video, saying it infringed on Travis’ constitutional rights because he was not in a sound state of mind due to exhaustion, intoxication, and medication. An online petition circled, and an appeal was made to a federal judge to block its publication. Unfortunately, the appeal was denied, the footage was released, and it’s already been picked up by a number of news and entertainment organizations.
A statement released by Randy reads, in part, “Randy’s behavior was extremely altered the evening of his arrest due to the state of his mental health, and substances in his body, causing him to do and say things that were entirely out of character…Randy and his team will have their day in court regarding the ongoing lawsuit against the State of Texas in relation to the violation of his civil rights.”
While we are torn over whether it is right to post TMZ’s video below, we will do so in the interest of disseminating the information. However, much like the country community at large, we stand by Randy Travis and his character. Here’s hoping he is feeling well, and will continue to fight forward despite the setback.