Details are scant at this point, but Patrick Carney was at the Lower East Side bar the Cabin Down Below last night after performing at a Neil Young tribute at the Bowery Ballroom. At some point, he finally came face-to-face with White. Carney has since deleted most of his tweets about the incident, but here they are in full:
"I've never met Jack White. Until last night. He came into a bar in Nyc I go to a lot with a few friends and tried to fight me. I don't fight and don't get fighting but he was mad!!! He is why I play music. The bully assholes who made me feel like nothing. Music was a private non competitive thing. Not sure what he's unhappy with cuz I just liked Zeppelin a lot and wanted to play guitar. Cut my pinky off and ended up being a drummer. Not the best drummer but a passionate one. But any way Jack White. A 40 year old bully tried to fight the 35 year old nerd. It might get loud but it might also get really really sad and pathetic. Jack White is basically Bill Corgan's dumb ass zero t-shirt in human form."
The tweets went super viral on the Internet, and within an hour or so, White released a statement: "Nobody tried to fight you, Patrick. Nobody touched you or 'bullied' you. You were asked a question you couldn't answer so you walked away. So quit whining to the Internet and speak face to face like a human being. End of story."
Not long after that, Carney erased most of his posts and tweeted out, "Talked to Jack for an hour he's cool. All good." Jack White returned the sentiment via Third Man's Twitter account: "From one musician to another, you have my respect Patrick Carney."