Was that the money he used to spend on Bud Light?
Kid Rock has joined the list of donors who are raising money for Daniel Penny, a former Marine who’s been charged with manslaughter in New York City after the death of Jordan Neely.
Neely passed away on May 1 after being restrained by Penny on the New York City subway. According to the district attorney, witnessed reported seeing Neely making threats to other passengers when Penny put him in a chokehold and took him to the ground.
Last week, prosecutors charged Penny with second-degree manslaughter, and faces five to fifteen years in prison if convicted.
There’s been a firestorm of controversy around the case, with many arguing that Penny was protecting himself and other passengers and praising him as a hero, while many were outraged at the former Marine for choking Neely to death and believed he should have been charged with murder, not just manslaughter.
Neely, who was homeless, often performed in the New York City subway as Michael Jackson, but also had a long history of mental illness and criminal offenses. Court records showed that Neely had been arrested dozens of times, including at least three previous arrests for violence against subway passengers, the most recent of which occurred in 2021 when he was arrested for punching a 67-year old woman and breaking her nose and orbital bone.
In the aftermath of the district attorney’s decision to charge Penny with Neely’s death, supporters have rallied around him and donated over $2.2 million for his legal defense – including a $5,000 donation from Kid Rock.
A donation from Kid Rock appears on the GiveSendGo page for the fundraiser, and a representative for Kid Rock confirms that it was him who made the donation in his name.
In the note, Kid Rock takes a shot at Alvin Bragg, the NYC district attorney who charged Penny:
“Mr. Penny is a hero. Alvin Bragg is a POS. Kid Rock”
Of course Kid Rock has never been afraid to hide his opinions, most recently making headlines when he released a video taking aim (literally) at Bud Light for their marketing campaign featuring transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney.
I guess he had to do something with all that money he’s saving by boycotting Bud Light.