It’s a public relations nightmare for the Grammy winners. It’s bad enough that the band will be forever linked to the tragedy, but now they’re trying to prove that it wasn’t their fault.
From the Tennessean:
At least one public relations expert in Nashville [John Van Mol, CEO of DVL Public Relations and Advertising] thinks Sugarland is making the best of a trying situation, despite a dust-up in the past week when the band’s attorneys said in a legal filing that injuries to fans trapped as winds toppled an outdoor stage in Indianapolis were at least partly “their own fault.”
The work of the lawyers spawned some rather nasty headlines for Sugarland, such as this one from the Chicago Tribune: “Sugarland blames fans for injuries in Indiana fair stage collapse.”