Chad Gilbert is a legend. Shai Hulud and New Found Glory are two genre defining bands. He and Hayley and a couple of the other NFG guys came into the restaraunt I work at one day last summer and I made them food. They didn't seem afraid to be in the public eye at all, they even sat out on the patio where tons of people walk by. Props to him.
I don't know what compelled HIM to make this statement, and I don't know what compelled APnet to post it as news. Furthermore I don't know where all this 'I respect him for saying this' is coming from... He didn't do anything special, you know.
I like him and his band just as much as the next guy but I'm also smart enough not to worship everything Chad Gilbert touches