Professional skateboarder, stuntman and former JackassPersonality Bam Margera This year, Margera has been the focus of concern due to his ongoing problems with sobriety. A recent development has worried fans of Margera’s taking their cause to social media, but the star’s family is asking them to tone it down.
Margera’s Struggles With Sobriety
The first indication of Margera’s declining mental health followed the tragic and premature death of his close friend and Jackass Ryan Dunn was Ryan Dunn’s costar who died in an accident while driving drunk in 2011. Margera explained that he suffered from a loss that led him to alcoholism and eventually developed an eating disorder.
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Unfortunately, sobriety has continued to be an issue for Margera 10 years after his friend’s passing, and following a drunken outburst on Instagram in 2021, the Jackass The team removed him from the franchise. While this decision was made in the interest of Margera’s health, it angered him greatly, and his reaction led Jackass Jeff Tremaine will file a motion for restraining orders against him as a co-creator.
Rumors of conservatorship
In May 2022 TMZ reportedMargera had completed a 12-month stint at a rehabilitation center. Margera was released shortly after reaching this important milestone. Margera ran the facility twiceIgnoring to take my medication each day.
The star’s concerned family staged an intervention for him following the second escape, and rumors began to swirl that Margera was being forced into a conservatorship reminiscent of Britney Spears or Amanda Bynes.
The #FreeBam movement has taken off on Twitter, with many concerned fans of Margera’s calling for him to be let out of the rumored conservatorship.
Margera is not the only one who has perpetuated the rumor.
The Family’s Statement
The #FreeBam movement has spread so far that Margera’s own family made a statement about it. They shared the following message on Instagram:
“The ‘Free Bam’ movement has caused confusion and threat to Bam and our families. Although we love sharing our lives with you, some things need to be handled privately, and treatment is one of them. Recovery is difficult and even more so under public scrutiny.”Read the entire post
This post addresses the issue of conservatorship rumors:
“Despite rumors, Bam has never been in a conservatorship but rather a temporary healthcare guardianship for reasons not shared with the public. If Bam chooses to speak to this, he will when he is ready. The ‘Free Bam’ theorists have encouraged his exit from treatment, despite their lacking knowledge of the details, his health, and well-being.”
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Clearly, Margera’s family knows his situation better than any member of the public could. The fact that they feel the need to publicly address the rumors and label them as problematic means that such rumors pose a legitimate threat to Margera’s recovery.
While those using the hashtag #FreeBam surely have Margera’s best interests at heart, their actions could be having the opposite effect. It’s important to respect the family’s wishes and trust that they know what’s best for their loved one.