Bam Margera gets Dr. Phil neck tattoo at Kat Von D shop before arrest
Jackass member and pro skater Bam Margera has had a whirlwind past few days. After reaching out to Dr. Phil, aka Phillip McGraw, for help in an emotional Instagram post, Margera agreed to go to rehab. However, he has since reportedly checked out of the facility, visited the Kat Von D-owned tattoo shop to get tribute ink inspired by the TV show host and then later got arrested for trespassing.
Margera has struggled with alcohol usage for years, entering rehab for the first time in 2009 and again in 2015. He didn’t complete either program and revealed in Jan. 2018 that he was checking into a facility for the third time after getting arrested for a DUI.
Margera remained sober for several months after the third stay but relapsed after he was robbed at gunpoint. He entered rehab for a fourth time in Jan. 2019 but left after 10 days, explaining his reasoning in an 8-page handwritten letter shared to his Instagram account.
Now, in a since deleted Instagram post (which you can see in part courtesy of Entertainment Tonight below) Margera pleaded for Dr. Phil to help him.
“Dr. Phil, I need your help in a big, big way,” he begins. “My family is in shambles and worse than its ever been ever.” He goes on to explain how “stubborn” his wife Nikki is and fears if they separate she’ll use their 18-month old son Phoenix Wolf against him. He also discusses issues with his mother April and childhood friend and Jackass co-star Brandon Novak.
Margera continues in his post, revealing he’s visited 28 doctors and four rehab facilities, but the last one did anything but help him. “When I went to my last rehab, they put me on more medication than I was on when I was out,” he states. “The only person that I will believe on the planet is Dr. Phil.”
Novak commented on one of Bam’s post, writing “We will not condone your fatal behaviors. I refuse to high five you to your grave. I love you and will do whatever it takes to help you.” But his friend wasn’t the only one who saw it as Dr. Phil’s team responded and flew him to Los Angeles.
His mother April opened up to TMZ about the Dr. Phil intervention. The outlet reports Bam taped his show Monday, Aug. 5 and promptly headed to rehab afterwards.
Bam also posted about his interactions with Dr. Phil, writing, “Dr. Phil is the greatest. He secretly flew out Nikki and Phoenix Wolf, had my mom on standby. Got down to the root of the problem and isolated it down with no one interrupting each other. Dr. Phil [says] “Bam is not crazy, he is extremely frustrated with certain issues, Bam is not crazy!” ? ??? nope???❤️♥️?”
According to TMZ, he was reportedly set to stay in rehab for 60 to 90 days. However, on Monday afternoon, a week after his reported check-in, Bam took to Instagram to share some new ink inspired by Dr. Phil.
“I gotta pay my respects to Dr. Phil,” Margera says showing off McGraw's name next to a heartagram on his neck. “I mean, I cried out on the interweb at 7 a.m., and that very morning, his team was there in San Antonio—no, Austin, Texas there to get me to go to LA to get me some help.”
Margera also thanks Kat Von D and her High Voltage Tattoo shop as well as artist Mikey Carrasco, the latter of whom can be seen in the video. He shared another still with just Kat Von D shortly after the video writing, “Miss u kat!?”
The following day, Margera was arrested around 2:30 a.m. PT Wednesday after refusing to leave the Luxe Hotel on Sunset Boulevard. He reportedly got into an argument with patrons at the Los Angeles establishment before sitting down in the middle of the lobby when asked to leave.
Margera was charged with trespassing and a $1000 bail was set. As of noon PT, Margera was released from jail.
UPDATE: AUG. 15 AT 12:43 P.M. ET
After being released from police custody, Margera reportedly headed back to rehab. More on this story here.
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