CRISIS have issued a statement in an attempt to clarify published news reports about Ryan Ball being the CRISIS drummer and being arrested for an armed robbery in Pennsylvania yesterday, February 28, 2005."Contrary to published news reports Ryan Ball was let go from his duties as the CRISIS drummer over two weeks ago," the band write in the statement. "We are currently working with another drummer, Justin Arman (ex-SOCIETY 1) while still looking for a permanent replacement. We want it to be clearly known that two weeks ago we asked Ryan Ball to return to Pennsylvania. Preparations for Justin Arman to participate with us at Independence-D Fest in Japan and at SXSW were made over a month ago.
"Although, we've announced Ryan's joining CRISIS, Ryan never became a permanent member of the band. He had rehearsed with us three times when we realized this was not working out. As soon as Ryan arrived in California we were alarmed by the fact that his immigration was not in status, as he'd previously told us, and experienced the chaos of his personality that we envisioned could cause problems similar to the ones he is facing now. We take our music seriously and want to work with professional and dedicated musicians and thus had to let Ryan go. It is unfortunate that within two weeks our concerns and hesitations for him have been proven right."