When Scott Stapp and members of 311 got together in a Baltimore hotel on Thanksgiving, it wasn’t exactly a cordial holiday celebration. In fact, according to 311′s Doug “SA” Martinez, it was quite the opposite.
On Thursday night, Martinez, bassist P-Nut and drummer Chad Sexton were sitting in the lounge of the Harbor Court Hotel with their wives, watching a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game. Suddenly an “out of his mind” Stapp entered the lounge, and from there things got ugly.
“He was acting out of control, looking for attention and being loud and obnoxious. He walked up to the bar, took a shot of whiskey and then slammed the shot glass down on the bar, and it shattered everywhere,” Martinez told MTV News. “Then he got into it with some patrons and all of a sudden he’s walking up to us and telling us how much of an inspiration we were to him. And it was nice, but we had all just eaten our Thanksgiving dinner, and he was drunk, so it got really annoying really quickly.
“After a while he went back to the bar and was looking for attention. And then a few minutes later, he came back to the table where my wife was, sat down across from us and wanted attention,” Martinez continued. “So eventually, since [no one] was forthcoming, he said some disrespectful things towards my wife and I set my glass down and asked him what he said, and then Chad came over and said, ‘Don’t talk to her that way,’ and Scott got up and Chad followed him.”
Martinez said things quickly escalated from there, as Stapp turned and “sucker-punched” Sexton in the face — inadvertently hitting Martinez’s wife in the process.
“And all of a sudden it was on. I threw a punch and hit Scott. He went down. Then Chad came over and hit Scott too,” Martinez said. “At that point we held Scott down until hotel security came to break it up. Then the police arrived, escorted Scott to his room and then told him to get out of the hotel.”
A spokesperson for Stapp did not return MTV News’ requests for comment on the altercation, and according to the Baltimore police department, no charges have been filed. The melee left Martinez with a fractured knuckle on his right hand, which he fitted with a soft cast the following day. P-Nut reopened a surgery scar in the fight, though Martinez isn’t exactly sure how that happened.
“Everything happened so quickly, man. Like stuff was getting knocked over, and that’s maybe how P-Nut got hurt,” he said. “I mean, I haven’t been in a fight since probably third grade, so the whole thing was pretty surreal. It was out of control. Scott was enraged. And as we were holding him down, I felt really bad for him. I was concerned for him … But at least the Lakers won.”