The only thing I felt like I did wrong was speeding which I've obviously taken full responsibility for.
Vincent O'Laney of Sagkeeng's Finest is speaking out after RCMP arrested him and fellow troupe-member Brandon Courchene last week. Sagkeeng's Finest is known for winning the reality show Canada's Got Talent
Last week, dance trio members O'Laney and Courchene were pulled over for speeding near Fort Alexander, MB and police found brass knuckles and marijuana in O'Laney's vehicle.
O'Laney said the marijuana belonged to Courchene and the brass knuckles were a novelty item he received from a relative.
O'Laney feels that people are exaggerating the story. "I'm really stressed out," he said. "It makes it seem like we're big potheads when - me - I do not touch marijuana one bit at all. I just want to make that clear.
"The only reason I was charged with it is because it was in my vehicle and for the brass knuckles, it's really nothing. The only thing I felt like I did wrong was speeding which I've obviously taken full responsibility for."
Following their arrest, RCMP charged O'Laney and Courchene with possessing marijuana and possessing a prohibited weapon.
Arnold Asham is the troupe's manager, he wants to make sure the boys have the opportunity to continue their great work. "They are doing a good job out there of promoting their dance and culture in the communities and they're really helping kids. I want to make sure that we keep in perspective and not blow it out of proportion. It was quite a small amount of pot and it was brass knuckle, it wasn't guns or anything like that.
"We just hope the outside world understands and I know the Aboriginal world will continue to support them and I'm sure the whole world will," he said.
"It's a fairy tale, these three young boys winning Canada's Got Talent," Asham continued. "It's just so wonderful and we don't want to try to take that aspect away from it either because they are great guys."
O'Leary is grateful for the support they are receiving from fans. "We're just going to try to put this thing behind us and we're going to keep on dancing because me personally, I love to dance and I love to dance for all Aboriginal people and for all kinds of crowds."
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