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Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean is sounding off on fellow band mate Nick Carter's recent arrest -- and he seems pretty sympathetic about the sticky situation.

While on the "The Kramer and Geena Morning Show," McLean said of the incident, "I feel sorry for him."

The 35-year-old was arrested on one misdemeanor count of battery on Jan. 13 after allegedly getting into a bar fight and appearing "intoxicated" in Key West, Fla. Carter was arrested after the manager of the Hog's Breath Saloon says he saw either the singer or his friend, Michael Papayans, try to punch a restaurant employee. Apparently, the pals were tying one on and had been refused service because they were intoxicated.

The 38-year-old, who has not yet spoken with "Dancing with the Stars" runner-up, added, "Nick's dealt with his demons. He's a good kid. He really has been on top of his game, between 'Dancing With the Stars' and getting ready for fatherhood… He really is very, very level headed."

Being compassionate, McLean continued, "You know, he went out, had a couple drinks and something, unfortunately, went array. It does happen. He's human, and people make mistakes. Lord knows I've made plenty of them."

McLean added, "You kind of have to laugh these things, otherwise you're just going to mope around and hang your head low."