Singer Steven Barker Liles for the group Love & Theft was also aboard the cruise ship, and told radio.com that it was when the impersonator started signing autographs similar to Adkins is when the singer snapped. But according to Liles, no punches were thrown. Adkins just got into the impersonator’s face.
Adkins had been open and candid about his battles with alcohol in the past, and about his sobriety over the past dozen years. A publicist for Adkins released a statement, saying, “Trace has entered a treatment facility after a setback in his battle with alcoholism. As he faces these issues head-on, we ask that his family’s privacy will be respected.”
This is not the first time Adkins has been to rehab. After pleading guilty to drunk driving charges, he spent a month in the Cumberland Heights Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center near Nashville in December of 2002.
Adkins does not have any more scheduled performances until February 8th in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.