Bam Margera’s family released a statement saying the “Free Bam” movement threatened his sobriety.
In a new statement on Instagram, they responded to fan concerns that the stuntman had been placed in conservatorship amid his recent return to rehab, with the family saying the band had “encouraged his exit from treatment”.
“It’s no secret that Bam has struggled with mental health and addiction,” they began. “You’ve seen Bam grow and you’ve supported him through his ups and downs. Our family has let you into the chaos that is our home, and we want nothing more than to continue this journey together.
“The ‘Free Bam’ movement has caused confusion and threatened Bam and our families. Although we love to share our lives with you, some things need to be treated privately, and treatment is one of them. Recovery is difficult and even more so under public scrutiny.
“Despite rumors, Bam was never under conservatorship but rather under temporary health care conservatorship for reasons not shared with the public,” the family continued. “If Bam chooses to talk about it, he will when he’s ready. Free Bam theorists encouraged his exit from treatment, despite their lack of knowledge about the details, his health and well-being. »
The statement concluded: “We ask that you please respect the process and our family. As an extended family, we ask that you support Bam in his recovery, stay on track, and wish him well in his sobriety. With heart, The Margera family.”
The family clarified in the Instagram comments: “Bam is currently undergoing treatment and we are helping him with his social media while he focuses on his recovery. We are his loving family and are communicating with him to collaborate on his content and its updates.
“With much appreciation, we thank his former healthcare tutor, @limafromaura, for all of her input. Thank you all for your support during this crazy ride. With heart – The Margera family.
In May, Margera revealed that he had completed a 12-month treatment program for drug and alcohol addiction, sharing a photo with the words “1 year” on his hand and a caption reading, “ONE YEAR of treatment! #fuCKYeah #bamsback #bamsfree.
Last year, the entertainer was taken to rehab by police after an incident at a casino in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Margera has already been fired from Fooled forever after a positive drug test, but sued a year ago for violating his civil rights, alleging producers made him sign a ‘welfare agreement’ and fired him afterwards a positive drug test, breaking his contract.
He reached a settlement with Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, Jeffrey Tremaine, Paramount Pictures and others in April of this year, with court documents showing Margera had requested the lawsuit be dismissed (via TMZ).