It was only a matter of time. Although Chris Brown was reported to be swearing off negative influences like drugs and alcohol, I guess we all sort of expected that as a big time celebrity with plenty of access to both then that was a promise he just plain wouldn't live up to. Hours after being released from jail, Brown was attending a party that was overflowing with alcohol (and, allegedly, drugs), though we were proud of him for not partaking himself. That pride only lasted as long as the BET Awards, apparently. During the after party, Brown had to be carried out by friends and now he's admitting that he was definitely completely and utterly wasted at the time.
According to TMZ, Brown has privately admitted he "was goaded at Playhouse into drinking... to celebrate his triumphant return on the BET stage". Although he only had "several shots", that was enough to turn Brown into a lightweight considering he hasn't had a drink in six months. So, apparently, while Brown was so drunk that he needed to be supported by a friend on both sides, he's going with the excuse that he can't hold his liquor anymore rather than that he just drank too much in a go big or go home moment.
At the end of the day, I think all we really want is for Brown to stay out of trouble and stop punching people in the face. Honestly, that would be great. It's unlikely that the public perception of Brown is ever going to get any better considering his crimes and, worse, the ways he chose to handle his crimes. This is the man who hospitalized Rihanna, apologized, and then threw a chair at a window when someone asked him about it on Good Morning America. Things between America and Chris Brown will never really be 100% cool.
However, we'd much rather Brown tell the truth and get the help he needs than try to ply us with excuses. Claiming to be a lightweight just sounds like an excuse. Brown is a grown man and he can get drunk if he wants to; our problem was more with all of the assaults than it ever was with his partying. If it's a lie to smooth over going back on his word, then it's an unnecessary lie. Brown's not doing himself any favors by admitting he caves to peer pressure at 25 years old.
Brown, like Justin Bieber, is one of those celebrities who is in desperate need of rehabilitation for his image and this is the wrong way to go about it. Honesty is always the best policy when it comes to making believe that you've really changed and really learned your lesson. Otherwise, all you're doing is proving that you've got something to hide and that dishonesty makes it less likely that people will trust you when you say you're a different man now. Of course, there's always the small chance that Brown is telling the truth, but I wouldn't count on it.