311 has taken to the message board on its official Web site to clarify reports of an altercation that took place last week between three group members and former Creed frontman Scott Stapp.
311 has taken to the message board on its official Web site  to clarify reports of an altercation that took place last week between three group members and former Creed frontman Scott Stapp. The apparent fight happened on Thanksgiving in a lounge at Baltimore's Harbor Court Hotel.
According to the post, 311's Chad Sexton, SA Martinez and P-Nut were watching a basketball game in the lounge when Stapp came into the room. “He appeared intoxicated,” the post says. “He drank a shot at the bar and then threw his shot glass, smashing it on the bar. He was acting belligerent and got into an argument with patrons sitting at the bar.”
The band says Stapp proceeded to sit down next to Martinez and make “a disrespectful and crude remark” to his wife. When Sexton asked Stapp to leave, Stapp punched him, according to the post.
“Scott was looking for a fight -- and that's what he got,” the group says. “A fight ensued. Soon the police arrived and everyone was restrained and questioned, and Scott was ultimately asked to leave the hotel."
According to a 311 spokesperson, Martinez fractured a knuckle in the fight, but performed the next evening in Baltimore with his hand in a cast. The group is in Detroit tonight (Dec. 1) to play Detroit radio station CIMX's “The Night 89X Stole Christmas” show along with Fall Out Boy, Alien Ant Farm, Our Lady Peace and Coheed & Cambria, among others.
At deadline, a representative for Stapp had not responded to a request for comment. Asked to clarify details of the incident, a manager on duty at the Harbor Court Hotel told Billboard.com, “I don't have any idea what you guys are talking about.”
Hotel security hotel director Jonathan Jordan said the fight was captured on security cameras. He told the Associated Press that Stapp was "attacked" by several members of 311 and that it took two security guards to break up the fight.
"It was definitely started by 311," Jordan said. A spokesperson for the Baltimore police department said there was no record of officers responding to the hotel.
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