Why was Bruce Springsteen's drunk driving charges dropped? Here's why Internet says Barack Obama had role in it

Prosecutors dropped drunk driving and reckless driving charges against Springsteen because of his blood-alcohol report. However, on Twitter, many claimed it was because of his connection to Barack Obama

                            Why was Bruce Springsteen's drunk driving charges dropped? Here's why Internet says Barack Obama had role in it
Former President Barack Obama with musician Bruce Springsteen (Getty Images)

On February 24, 2021, Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Bruce Springsteen was fined only $500 for a charge of consuming alcohol at a federally run New Jersey beach in November 2020. As per the reports, the prosecutors dropped drunk driving and reckless driving charges against Springsteen because of his blood-alcohol report. However, some on Twitter think that the prosecutor dropped drunk driving charges as the legendary singer shares a connection with former President Barack Obama.

As per reports, the officer at Gateway National Recreation Area wrote in the statement of probable cause that he saw Springsteen take a shot of tequila and then get on his motorcycle. When he took a breath test at the park’s ranger station, his blood-alcohol came back 0.02, a quarter of the legal limit in New Jersey. The celebrated musician pleaded guilty to a third charge, consuming alcohol at Sandy Hook -- an Atlantic Ocean peninsula with views of the New York City skyline.


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Bruce Springsteen (Getty Images)

Springsteen, 71, sat next to his lawyer during a video conference where he admitted he was aware it was illegal to consume alcohol at the park. After he was fined only $500 for the offense, plus $50 in court fees, people on Twitter alleged that the only reason the ‘Dancing in the Dark’ singer was not fined drunk driving charges is that he is in the midst of a podcast program with Obama.

'Renegades: Born in the USA'

Obama and Springsteen launched a podcast ‘Renegades: Born in the USA’ on Spotify on Monday, February 22. The duo introduced their joint venture with two episodes, the first titled ‘Outsiders: An Unlikely Friendship’ where the former president reflected on the issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice in the nation.

"That topic came to dominate so many of my conversations last year, with Michelle, with my daughters and with my friends," Obama says in the podcast. "And one of those friends just happens to be Mr. Bruce Springsteen."

Former President Barack Obama (Getty Images)

In episode 2, ‘American Skin: Race in the United States’, Obama and Springsteen reflect on their early experiences with race and racism in the States. In the second episode, Springsteen also integrated E Street Band and the central importance of the late saxophonist Clarence Clemons. As per reports, Obama and Springsteen’s latest podcast will also cover a wide array of other topics like marriage, fatherhood, and the state of America.

"President Obama and Bruce Springsteen have formed a deep friendship since they first met on the campaign trail in 2008," the statement to CBS News reads. "Now, for the first time ever, Higher Ground and Spotify invite listeners to eavesdrop as they discuss their hometowns and role models, explore modern manhood, and confront the painfully divided state of America today and how we can all move forward together."

“Drunk driving charge was a setup”

Right after Springsteen was acquitted from the drunk charges, people on social media quickly gave their own verdict and alleged that the charges against Springsteen were dropped because of the ongoing podcast with Obama. One user wrote, "I'm sure it's a total coincidence that the government dropped drunk driving charges against Bruce Springsteen just two days after it was announced he'd be starting a podcast with Barack Obama". Another wrote, "The drunk driving charge was a setup to coerce him into starting the podcast under duress. Mr Springsteen, if you're under duress or in any danger just tap an SOS in Morse code into your mic during the podcasts." Another user wrote, "Ya know... Springsteen wants to preach to me about America while driving down country roads with crosses in the background. Meanwhile he’s drinking and driving in the park my kids ride their bikes in. It’s still irresponsible. Charges or not." Another user wrote: "Cause he’s Bruce Springsteen? You don’t think that happens? I’m not claiming that happened. Just saying celebs get away with stuff all the time and it’s wrong."





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