Guitarist cited for performing national anthem on July 4th rejects plea deal

Lane PittmanA patriotic guitarist is willing to pay the price for his display of American pride.

Lane Pittman, who got into trouble with authorities on the Fourth of July after playing the “The Star-Spangled Banner” on a Florida beach, has decided not to accept a plea deal that would have him perform community service, Fox News reported.

Pittman, who performed the national anthem on Neptune Beach, said that accepting a plea deal would be an admission of guilt and that he did nothing wrong, despite being cited for breaching the peace.

Neptune Beach Police Chief David Sembach told Fox News at the time that police waited until he finished the anthem to arrest Pittman, but that Pittman did more than play the anthem.

“Then he broke into Ted Nugent’s ‘Stranglehold.’ He was told to stop playing. A crowd of two or three hundred had gathered, and not only were they blocking traffic but they were getting rowdy because the police were getting them out of the street,” he said.

Pittman didn’t see it that way.

“I just wanted to be as American and patriotic as I possibly could on the Fourth of July, and that’s what happened,” he said at the time.

Watch the performance below.


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