The advert, referred to as “The Center,” noticed Springsteen drive his personal 1980 Jeep CJ-5 to and round Lebanon, Kansas, which sits on the heart of america. The voiceover was additionally Springsteen, studying a spoken poem he had penned in regards to the present state of affairs within the nation and the necessity for each one to search out the center method.
The ad ran during the Big Game and, for a wide range of causes, was met with a mixture of reward and harsh criticism. For a Super Bowl commercial, it did the job of getting folks speaking about it. In any case, you don’t pay hundreds of thousands to run a 2-minute movie to count on it to fall flat as a pancake.
Two days later, phrase acquired out that Springsteen had been arrested for drunk driving in November 2020 and, for no matter motive, the information hadn’t been made public till then. He was stopped by a cop in Gateway Nationwide Recreation Space in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, after the cop had seen him take a swing of a tequila bottle that had been handed over to him by the followers he had posed for photos with. He then acquired on his Triumph bike and rode off.
The cop adopted Springsteen and pulled him over, informing him that drunk driving was (duh!) unlawful, as was ingesting within the park. Maybe the strangest half was the point out that his BAC was simply .02, which is 1 / 4 of the authorized restrict within the state. In different phrases, this wasn’t technically a DUI.
The total police report has now been launched to the general public and it shuts down the earlier story. Springsteen by no means agreed to a breathalyzer and he failed the sector sobriety exams. You can find it within the PDF connected: the cop says the singer was swaying and had glassy eyes, and smelled of alcohol on his breath and particular person. He had the bottle of tequila on him and it was “utterly empty.”
Whereas refraining to touch upon the attainable way forward for the collaboration with the singer, Stellantis says in a statement that the advert for Jeep has been “paused” whereas this DUI mess is sorted out. “It’s additionally proper that we pause our Huge Sport industrial till the precise details may be established,” the carmaker says. “Its message of group and unity is as related as ever. As is the message that ingesting and driving can by no means be condoned.”