Following Kid Rock’s viral rant against Oprah and liberals a few weeks back, he announced in a Facebook post that he is not renewing the licensing agreement for his Detroit restaurant.
In that post, Kid Rock also took aim at Al Sharpton, whom he called a “tax evading, race baiting clown.”
Read the full content of Kid Rock’s announcement here:
Kid Rock's departure with his Detroit restaurant comes amid conflict between himself and Sharpton's organization The National Action Network, who were not pleased with his vulgar tirade against the left and liberal celebrities at a Nashville bar late last month.
There's a lot of speculation going around that the NAN is using the rant to run Kid Rock - a staunch, influential Trump supporter - out of the swing-state of Michigan.
Now, Al Sharpton has responded to Kid Rock.
Talking to TMZ, Sharpton chalked the rockstar's unfavorable view of him up to his organization protesting Kid Rock's use of the Confederate flag in 2015.
Watch Sharpton's response to Kid Rock calling him out here:
TMZ has more to say:
Sharpton's clapping back at Kid Rock ... by telling him to take a look at the scoreboard.
The civil rights activist shed some light on why the musician took a shot at him -- he tells us it stems from his organization protesting Kid Rock's use of the Confederate flag back in 2015 and pushing for General Motors to cut ties with him.
The Rev says now that KR's announced he's leaving Detroit, he's chalking it up as another victory ... and gets in a parting shot of his own. We smell another Kid Rock rant coming soon.
USA Today had the following to say about Kid Rock's announcement that he is saying goodbye to his restaurant in Detroit:
In a morning statement posted to Facebook (see below), Kid Rock confirmed that he won't renew his licensing deal for his Made in Detroit restaurantat Detroit'sLittle Caesars Arena, following an earlier announcement by Ilitch Holdings. The restaurant has operated there since the arena opened in 2017.
Protesters with Michigan National Action Network (NAN) are planning a noon media event outside the venue, days after video emerged of Rock unleashing a graphic tirade about Oprah Winfrey.
In his Wednesday statement, Rock cited his record of donations to Detroit causes through the years.
"I guess the millions of dollars I pumped into that town was not enough," he wrote. "I will let the NAN network and others go ahead and take the wheel now. Good luck."
Kid Rock also called out the Rev. Al Sharpton, who founded NAN in 1991.
"Hey Al Sharpton, you or your cronies will never beat me you tax evading, race baiting clown!" he wrote.
Rock has been a longtime target of NAN, which has attacked his past use of the Confederate flag and other controversial behavior: The group successfully lobbied General Motors to cut ties with Rock in 2015, and led demonstrations at Little Caesars Arena two years later when the arena opened with six Kid Rock concerts.