In a new statement received by Billboard on Monday (Mar. 2) signed by Public Enemy's Chuck D, James Bomb, DJ Lord, Pop Diesel and Jahi, the group clarifies that it "did not part ways with Flavor Flav over his political views." The statement comes days after Flav shared an open letter from his legal representation regarding Bernie Sanders' Los Angeles rally on Sunday (March 1). He was frustrated that Public Enemy was advertised as playing the event, when he claimed Chuck D was the one slated to perform and Flavor did not endorse a political candidate.
The statement continued: "Flavor Flav has been on suspension since 2016 when he was MIA from the Harry Belafonte benefit in Atlanta, Georgia. That was the last straw for the group. He had previously missed numerous live gigs from Glastonbury to Canada, album recording sessions and photo shoots. He always chose to party over work."