Denver radiologist Jerome Schroeder was enjoying Madonna‘s public calisthenic routine more commonly known as her “Sticky and Sweet Tour” at the Pepsi Center when police came and told him he had to leave or be arrested. He put out his hands and said, “Arrest me”, so they did. Now, Schroeder claims the incident was an act of anti-gay bias. The Denver Post reports:
“Pepsi Center spokesman Brian Kitts said Schroeder was arrested after police and security guards responded to a complaint that he scuffled with someone.
“There was shoving between the parties, and that is enough for us to try to separate them,” Kitts said.
Schroeder said he, his boyfriend and a female friend sat behind a man and woman at the concert and the man seemed agitated.
“The guy left several times during the concert, and each time he yelled some anti-gay slurs to us, which we ignored.”
Schroeder said he accidentally spilled a few drops of water on the couple and the man screamed at him. Schroeder told him to relax and enjoy the show.
“Then they left and we were relieved,” Schroeder said.
A few moments later, a group of police came and told Schroeder and his friends that the Pepsi Center wanted them to leave…
The Pepsi Center’s Kitts said: “The bottom line is that there was a small altercation between him and another fan. Normally our procedure is just to separate the fans, but when he was questioned by police and our security guys, he ramped it up pretty quickly.
He claimed that he was being mistreated because he was gay.”
So which is it? Did the Denver Police go after the nelliest queen at a Madonna concert in Denver (a quest that seems to us like finding a needle in a needlestack) or was Schroeder being loud and obnoxious and claimed the anti-gay motivation ex post facto? Or is it something else entirely?