While history may never uncover exactly what words were exchanged between Kid Rock and Tommy Lee during their now-infamous scuffle during the the VMAs Sunday night, Lee has given version of events in a post on his Web site, and apologized to Alicia Keys for drawing attention from her performance.
"I apologize sweetie.....I had nothing to do with the timing and disrespect," Lee wrote in a lengthy post on Monday. "Here I am minding my own biz having a great time with my friend Criss Angel [magician and Britney consort] and watching the MTV awards in the front row saying hello to all my friends," Lee wrote about the moments preceding the brawl between the two men who have the distinction of being "Baywatch" babe Pamela Anderson's ex-husbands (see "Kid Rock, Tommy Lee Battle At VMAs — Watch The Video").
"Pamela comes and sits on my lap who I love and adore," said Lee in the grammatically inconsistent post. He had made his presence known earlier in the night by interrupting Anderson's introduction of Kanye West's performance with a series of wolf whistles that prompted her to ask him to pipe down. "And also say hello to my friend Travis Barker and his wife!.....and i get a text from another friend P. Diddy and he says come sit with me.....and he's sitting with Miss HOT Megan FOX so I go over and sit with P!"
Then, not a minute later, after Keys started her "amazing performance," it was back to "stupid-ness," an apparent reference to the ongoing tension between the two men. Lee said he got a tap on the shoulder from the man he affectionately referred to as "Kid Pebble."
"I stand up and embrace him with a semi hug and say 'Hey dude...What up'?? He punches me in the face.....well if ya wanna call it that!?....more like a b---h slap!.......Wuss!!"
Lee said he got up to knock the "jealous country bumpkin" out, but before he could make contact, "security guards... grab me and haul my a-- outta the award show!"
Eyewitnesses told MTV News that Lee was jawing at Rock as the singer made his way to Diddy's table to present the show's final performance, prompting Rock to slap Lee, who was punched in the face by Rock as he tried to fight back.
The two narrowly avoided an altercation on New Year's Eve when an upset Rock — just divorced from Anderson — reportedly tried to track down Lee to have a word about his recent reunion with Anderson. In that incident, Rock allegedly kicked down the door of the hotel room he believed Lee was staying in, only to find a startled family inside.
Lee said he was fine following Sunday's ejection and later spent some time filling out paperwork in his hotel room with the police and Palms owner George Maloof. In addition to Keys, Lee apologized to Maloof and MTV "for the disrespectful bullsh-- caused by ... Kid Pebble!!"
Lee's representatives declined to comment, while Rock's hadn't responded to requests for comment. Rock was cited for misdemeanor battery after the incident and will need to return to Vegas for a future court date. If convicted, he faces a $500 fine and up to six months behind bars.