The late Paul Gray’s widow has suggested that at the height of her husband’s addiction, the guys in Slipknot basically blew off the bassist and wouldn’t help get him the treatment that could have saved his life.
Now, Slipknot guitarist Jim Root is claiming the band’s members did everything they could to get Gray help, saying Paul had a “sickness” that he simply could not control.
Blabbermouth quotes Root as saying:
“I think she’s probably gonna say whatever it is she thinks she needs to say for the lawyers to hear. You know, I mean, Paul was our brother; Paul was very close to us. We tried putting Paul into treatment numerous times, we took him off of tours and we had interventions with him. I would stop by at Paul’s house with my ex-girlfriend and he’d still be in bed.
“There are a lot of circumstances and dynamics there and I’m sure that she is hurting very deeply and trying to find some way to maybe put the blame somewhere.
“At the end of the day, Paul was sick and Paul had a problem and we were there for Paul. Paul wasn’t always available. I feel bad. I feel bad for the whole situation.
“Brenna’s always got brothers that she can count on, and October will always have eight uncles that give a shit.”
He claims the band was worried about Paul.
“He’s our friend, he’s our brother, he’s our compatriot. He’s always gonna be a part of our lives no matter what. What can you do? If you have a sickness, you gotta fix that sickness, but you can’t keep putting somebody into treatment over and over and over again. What are you supposed to do? Babysit someone and live with them? What can you do?”
Slipknot’s new album is now in stores.