"I felt stupid. If I had just been a little more observant about things going on around me, it wouldn't have happened," he told Rolling Stone. "I still feel bad about it. I've just always regretted it. I would never do anything to hurt someone."
Mr. Petty said it was a mistake to use the flag as the symbol for the song "Rebels," which is spoken from the point of view of the character, who talks about Southern traditions.
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