Ted Nugent: Secret Service Meeting 'Could Not Have Gone Better'
The rocker and conservative activist spoke with agents in Oklahoma, clarifying his "chop their heads off" comment.
Ted Nugent says he's off the hook after meeting with Secret Service agents about his controversial, violently-worded speech at an NRA convention.
"I met with two fine, professional Secret Service agents in (Oklahoma) today," the rocker and arch-conservative said Thursday in a post on his website. "Good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone. The meeting could not have gone better. I thanked them for their service, we shook hands and went about our business. Godbless the good federal agents wherever they may be."
He added: "By no stretch of the imagination did I threaten anyone’s life, or hint at violence or mayhem. Metaphors needn’t be explained to educated people."
Nugent had been under scrutiny since last weekend's NRA appearance in St. Louis, where he ranted about the Obama administration, "We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November." If President Obama is re-elected, said Nugent, he'd be "dead or in jail by this time next year."
Nugent's incendiary speech attracted the ears of Secret Services, who launched a probe on the musician. He said in an interview on Glenn Beck's radio show that he respected "their duty to investigate," and had meant no real threat by his remarks.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Secret Service spokeperson Brian Leary said: "The issue has been resolved. The Secret Service does not anticipate any further action."
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