There is little doubt that Garth Brooks is one of the most successful country music artists of all time. The renowned singer had last week vowed to help vocalist Michael Ketterer up the industry ladder by inviting the “America’s Got Talent” finalist to perform with him.
Brooks rescinded the offer to the singer with Tennessee ties after Ketterer was arrested on a charge of domestic violence.
Brooks had offered Ketterer a slot on his historic Notre Dame concert, news reports stated. Brooks said he called Ketterer after the arrest and the two decided that it’s best for all concerned if Ketterer does not perform at the show.
“I think we were all raised this way. I’m sure you were probably raised the same way I was. You can’t just turn your back on things … you have to address them, so let’s just address the Michael Ketterer situation,'” Brooks said his live-streamed video series.
Ketterer, 41, was arrested in Los Angeles, according to news reports, and then released on $50,000 bail after he allegedly got into an argument with his wife in a hotel room. After police arrived, they said they observed a red mark on her.
Ketterer said his wife did not want to press charges, but that officers arrested him anyway. He and his wife have a biological daughter and five sons adopted from Knoxville, where they lived until 2014.
Brooks will be the first musical artist ever to headline at Notre Dame stadium in South Bend, Indiana. A reported 85,000 tickets have been purchased for the sold-out show.
Those arrested on suspicion of domestic violence should speak with a criminal defense attorney before talking to a prosecutor.