By Scott T. Sterling
While Canadian rockers Nickelback might be one of the most popular (not to mention divisive) bands in the world, mentioning the group’s name in public could be cause for police detention, interrogation and being handcuffed.
That was the case in Idaho recently, when two officers overheard 23-year-old Dylan Swinford and 22-year-old Riker Morrow talking about the band, but mishearing it as “nickel sack,” which the officers considered a marijuana reference.
Morrow recorded the incident, which can be seen in the YouTube video below. The situation seems almost comical, until it escalates to the point of Swinford being taken out of the vehicle and placed in handcuffs.
The incident occurred in the city of Cour d’Alene, where the influx of media attention has resulted in the detention being examined.
“It’s being internally investigated. It’s a personnel issue,” Lt. Stu Miller told CDA Press. “We take this type of thing very seriously and we tell our people all the time to do their job as though someone is always watching, and they are always watching.”
While Swinford informed CDA Press that neither he nor Morrow were ready to discuss the incident with the press, Nancy Taylor, a woman who calls herself an “extra mom” to both men told the media outlet that she’s “sad” they had to deal with it. “The one question I really want answered the most is, how are our young people supposed to respect law enforcement when they don’t respect our young people?,” she said.
Nickelback was also the source of another recent and far less serious controversy when Philadelphia Phillies baseball player Ryan Howard was accused of listening to the band by a sign-wielding Atlanta Braves fan during an MLB game.
“Damn, that’s outrageous,” Howard told The Zo Zone when informed of the sign. “I didn’t know that. Is it bad to listen to Nickelback? I mean, I’m not afraid to say that I diversify my musical portfolio. I didn’t know they could see or hear what… how do they know I listen to Nickelback? I listen to everything. I don’t know if there’s a specific song by Nickelback (I listen to).”