Chris Brown has entered a rehab facility in Los Angeles, according to a statement from his rep. This decision follows his arrest early Sunday morning for assault in Washington, D.C., after he was accused of attacking a man outside the W Hotel. Chris was later released from jail and his charge was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. According to Chris's rep, he's ready to work on himself in light of his violent behavior.
"His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point."
Sorry if I'm not exactly feeling optimistic about this news. The fact that Chris is facing up to four years in prison if he's found in violation of probation for beating Rihanna in 2009, in addition to the fact that he has a court date coming up on November 20, suggests that this is just a move to convince a judge that he's getting help and doesn't deserve to serve time. Those aren't the circumstances under which Chris should seek help. It shouldn't be a tactic to avoid jail time; it should come out of a genuine desire to change and admit that what he's done is wrong.
The New York Daily News reports that Chris has entered a facility for anger management, and a statement from his lawyer makes it sound as if we should consider him some sort of hero.
"We talked today and he said, 'I want to take some time and do a little introspection and understand everything that's going on around me,'" lawyer Mark Geragos told the Daily News. "It was his decision, and he should be applauded."
I'll hold my applause, thank you very much. Of course, the lawyer then explains that Chris's decision is not an admission of guilt in the D.C. incident, and he then suggests that it was the time in jail that gave Chris the revelation he needed to get help.
"Why now? People have realizations at various times. Maybe sitting in a jail cell for 36 hours for something you didn't do is enough to rock you a bit," Geragos said.
Yes, it makes perfect sense for someone to finally decide to take responsibility for his actions after he's supposedly punished for something he didn't do. This whole thing just completely lacks honesty and authenticity for me. I know that getting help and owning up to his behavior is what we anti-Chris Brown folks have been asking for, but I'll believe it when I see it. I'll believe it when he stops acting as if he's some victim of the public's unfair criticism and especially when he stops assaulting people. That's a big one.