Charley Pride’s manager and longtime bass player spoke out and ripped those critics who pointed a finger at the Country Music Association Awards held in Nashville on November 11, saying the ceremony may have played a role in the singer’s death from COVID-19.
Charlie performed live at the ceremony, but, said manager Kevin Bailey, the 86-year-old singer was tested multiple times in Nashville and at least twice after returning to Dallas. All of the tests were negative, according to Bailey.
The CMA “took every precaution that you can imagine,” said Bailey, who also flew to Nashville for the event, where Pride received a Lifetime Achievement Award. “We were tested almost daily.” He added, “I think it’s unfortunate that people are out there crusading to stir up some mud. Because I really don’t think the CMAs were negligent in any way. Every time we darkened the door, we got tested.”