WACO, Texas - Ted Nugent has denied reports that he made offensive remarks about non-English speakers during his performance at Gov. Rick Perry's inaugural ball.
In a guest column in Thursday's Waco Tribune-Herald, Nugent said allegations made by some people who attended the Jan. 16 ball were "pure, unadulterated lies."
"In total defiance to the vicious lies and hateful allegations of `racism' leveled at me by irresponsible, unprofessional and downright goofy media punks, I never said a word about immigration or language, specifically not the alleged slam against `illegal immigrants' or `non-English-speaking' anyone," the outspoken 58-year-old rocker wrote.
Nugent, a hunting and guns-rights advocate, wrote that he will recruit more National Rifle Association members, provide hunting trips for needy children and wounded soldiers and their families, and fight the war on drugs and drunken driving.
"I will intensify my fight for a united America by demanding all Americans speak English," he wrote.
Nugent, who lives in Waco, said he has collaborated with musicians of diverse ethnicity, has dedicated his albums to "many of my revered black heroes" including James Brown, and is not a racist.
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