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Bad Ol' Boys: McGraw, Chesney

An attorney for country music star Tim McGraw's band said the singer's arrest for allegedly attacking deputies was a "misunderstanding."

McGraw and country music singer Kenny Chesney were arrested Saturday night near Buffalo. The sheriff's office said Chesney rode away with a deputy's horse and McGraw attacked deputies who tried to corral him.

"They only thought they had permission to ride the horse," said Tom Eoannou, the band's attorney. "It's a clear misunderstanding. Clearly it's over riding a horse and I don't think these charges will stick at all."

The daughter of Erie Sheriff's Department Capt. James Coyle gave Chesney permission to sit on her father's horse.

Chesney allegedly rode away and refused several orders to stop. When two deputies tried to get him off the horse, they were attacked by McGraw, Police Chief Thomas Staebell said. One of McGraw's managers, Mark Russo, also got involved, Staebell said.

McGraw, 33, of Brentwood, Tenn., was freed on $2,500 bail after he was charged with second-degree assault, obstructing governmental administration, menacing and resisting arrest. Chesney, 32, of Nashville, was charged with disorderly conduct and freed on $100 bail.

The two had headlined Saturday night at the George Strait Country Music Festival.

McGraw, son of former New York Mets star reliever Tug McGraw, is married to country star Faith Hill. He has had 14 No. 1 singles, including Indian Outlaw and Don't Take the Girl, and won the top male vocalist prize at the Academy of Country Music Awards in May.

Chesney's tunes include How Forever Feels.

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