Horses, Guns and Drugs: Country Music's 10 Wildest Stories

From Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw's wild ride to Willie Nelson's White House high

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Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's Horseplay
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Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's Horseplay

What began as horseplay turned into something litigious on June 3rd, 2000, when Kenny Chesney – minutes after wrapping up a performance at the George Strait Country Music Festival in upstate New York – swung himself into the saddle of a deputy's police horse. He then trotted around the parking lot, amusing his tourmate, Tim McGraw, and ignoring the officer's orders to halt and dismount. "When the deputy went to remove Chesney from the horse," Erie County Sheriff Patrick Gallivan told CMT several days later, "another deputy was going to assist [him]. McGraw came and jumped the second deputy from behind, wrapped one arm around his neck and was choking him." A third officer eventually joined the fight, as did McGraw's road manager, Mark Russo, resulting in a blur of fists and alleged injuries. Both Chesney and McGraw were arrested and detained for four hours, although a jury found them not guilty of their multiple charges one year later.

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