DETROIT (AP/MEREDITH) - Kid Rock says criticism about his upcoming concerts in Detroit is politically motivated.
The Detroit-area native whose real name is Robert Ritchie posted an obscenity-laced response Monday on Facebook to a planned protest by the National Action Network's Detroit chapter.
The first of six concerts is scheduled Tuesday. The civil rights group last week called for their cancellation because of Kid Rock's past display of the Confederate flag during performances and his recent criticism of black former NFL player Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand during the national anthem last year.
In a lengthy statement posted on his official website, Kid Rock wrote, "None of this would be going on if I were not thinking of running for office."
He continued, "I am the bona fide KING OF DETROIT LOVE and it makes me smile down deep that you haters know that! Your jealousy is merely a reflection of disgust for your own failures and lack of positive ideas for our city.
He has been encouraged to run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican.
Click here to read his full letter.
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