Randy Blythe Comments on Trial’s Media Coverage: “Many Things Are Incorrect”
Randy Blythe’s manslaughter trial continues today in the Czech Republic, and if initial reports are to be believed the case will wrap up this Friday. Read our coverage of Day 1 and Day 2 of the trial for a recount of what’s transpired in the court room so far, as best we can figure out from often difficult-to-parse Czech news sources roughly translated into English by Google.
Blythe took to his own Instagram account last night to offer his opinion of the way the U.S. media is covering his case, and he’s not too pleased with it. He offered:
I have read a few news reports of the progress of my case, and trust me- many things are incorrect. But this is the Internet, and of course things are half-baked anyway. Keep in mind that translation is difficult, and many things can be lost, for Czech is a VERY DIFFICULT language. So wait and see, as I am. It is all I can do, except be honest & fight for my freedom in my own way. I also have heard of some people (not on here) talking smack about the Czech Republic, saying “Fuck the Czech Republic”, etc. This not how it should be. This is a very sad case, not something to rage at people you do not know over. I am not angry with the Czechs at all. A fan of my band is dead- what do I have to be angry about? I am an INNOCENT man, but I am also a very sad man right now. To not be sad in this instance would be inhuman. But mad at the Czech people? Why would I be mad at them? Here, look at this picture- a mother watches her baby. The child reaches out for something new, laughing and chasing a pretty picture in the air. It is the same here as everywhere else. Do you see?!?!? Life is beautiful. I hope to see y’all soon.
What a classy gentleman; Randy couldn’t be handling this case in a more noble fashion than he already is.
In a separate Instagram post from around the same time, Blythe elaborates on his current state of mind as it relates to his time in Prague:
Have you ever looked down on the ancient rooftops of Prague from the clock tower in Old Town Square? Have you ever seen the snow falling on the people below? It is a magical sight, for Prague is a magic place. While I am not happy to be here for the reason I am, I am not a blind man, nor am I a fool. Only a blind fool would not bother to see these things. It is quiet high above the city, and it is beautiful in a different way than the many other places I have been around the world. Prague has a long, complicated history. In many ways, I feel what is happening in my life right now could not happen anywhere else. I roam through the streets, asking myself questions, and there are quiet echoes of the city answering back. I have been here over two weeks now, preparing for this trial. I have walked many miles at night here. I am looking for life lessons in the snow.
Talk about making lemonade out of lemons. I can’t even begin to imagine the stress Randy is under facing 10 years in prison away from his friends, family and band; lesser men would certainly crumple under the pressure.