When you’re a parent, no matter how much you try to do everything right by your kids they still make mistakes. Even when they’re older, like 32. This is what happened with Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee, and it has left his father feeling a bit ashamed.
Jaycee, an actor and singer, tested positive for marijuana and was arrested in Beijing. Police went on to find 100 grams of the offending drug in his home. He was formally charged with a drugs offense this past week, leaving him to face trial.
Back in August, Jackie offered the public a “deep bow of apology” because of the arrest. It affected the action star a good deal, as in 2009 he served as a goodwill spokesman for the China National Anti-Drug Committee and promoted anti-drug education.
Jaycee isn’t alone, as China has detained other celebrities recently on drug-related charges. These cases have been widely publicized. These celebrities have included movie and television stars, film directors, and a screenwriter. In China, drug crimes carry harsh penalties that include death or life imprisonment, yet illegal drugs are growing in popularity in China thanks to a new urban class with a greater disposable income.
Jackie’s comments to Xinhua regarding the formal charges of Jaycee were the following: “I hope that in the future, he could become an anti-drug spokesman and tell his experiences to young people.” He also mentioned that he never used any of his connections to help his son out of this jam.
Previously, the older Chan had stated, “Regarding this issues with my son Jaycee, I feel very angry and very shocked. As a public figure, I’m very ashamed. As a father, I’m heartbroken. I have failed to educate my son. I must also take responsibility.”
Jackie followed this by saying, “I hope all young people will learn a lesson from Jaycee and stay for from the harm of drugs. I say to Jaycee that you have to accept the consequences when you do something wrong. As your father, I’m going to face the road together with you.”