This morning, TMZ reported that, back in November, Bruce Springsteen was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and consuming alcohol in a closed area. The incident occurred at Gateway National Recreation Area in New Jersey. A spokeswoman for the National Park Service confirmed the November 14 arrest to The New York Times, adding, “Springsteen was cooperative throughout the process.” One source claimed to the Asbury Park Press that Springsteen’s blood-alcohol content was 0.02—a quarter of New Jersey’s legal limit—when he was arrested.
Following the TMZ report, Springsteen’s Super Bowl ad for Jeep was removed from YouTube, as InsideHook notes. The ad, titled “The Middle,” marked Springsteen’s first ever commercial appearance. In addition, he and Ron Aniello wrote and produced the music for the commercial, according to a press release from Jeep’s parent company Stellantis. “The Middle” is still available on Springsteen’s Instagram.
“It would be inappropriate for us to comment on the details of a matter we have only read about and we cannot substantiate,” a Jeep spokesperson said in a statement. “But it’s also right that we pause our Big Game commercial until the actual facts can be established. Its message of community and unity is as relevant as ever. As is the message that drinking and driving can never be condoned.”
Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Bruce Springsteen for comment and more information.