Secret Service closes probe on Ted Nugent

Rocker Ted Nugent (ABC News)

After meeting with rocker Ted Nugent on Thursday, the Secret Service says its probe into what he had to say about President Barack Obama is over.

Last weekend during a National Rifle Association meeting in St. Louis, Nugent rallied support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and said of the Obama administration: “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.” He also said he would be “dead or in jail by this time next year” if Obama is re-elected.

That drew the attention of the Secret Service. Nugent said he discussed the matter with two agents on Thursday while in Oklahoma.

“The issue has been resolved,” agency spokesman Brian Leary said in a statement. “The Secret Service does not anticipate any further action.”

In a statement on his website, Nugent called it a “good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone.”

“The meeting could not have gone better,” he said. “I thanked them for their service, we shook hands and went about our business. Godbless the good federal agents wherever they may be.”

Nugent said he was just speaking figuratively when he made what some perceived to be threats against Obama and that he didn’t threaten anyone’s life or advocate violence.

“Metaphors needn’t be explained to educated people,” he said.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press

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3 Responses to "Secret Service closes probe on Ted Nugent"

  1. Jim B.  April 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Don’t you think this meeting by the Secret Service was the “warning shot” across Nugent’s bow? In other words, the agents stance was “Mr. Nugent, you don’t want us to come back here a second time.”….because….if they do it won’t have this public relations-sounding happy ending: “good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone.”

    The good news in all this is that Nugent just could not keep his anger and hatred bottled up…so the authorities can now keep an eye on him….The bad news is how his words could inspire some fan/loner who can keep his/her intentions completely secret and then later on carry out a heinous act.

  2. griff  April 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Now, if that wasn’t Ted Nugent…

  3. woody188  April 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Huge waste of time and money. As if “The Nuge” were a threat to anything but his liver and lungs.

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