TMZ report: NHL Star Bobby Ryan Arrested … After Cops Believe He Was Wasted at Airport
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Originally written and published by TMZ:
“NHL star Bobby Ryan — who’s battled substance abuse issues in his career — was arrested on Monday at an airport after cops say he appeared to be wasted inside a terminal.
According to court documents, obtained by TMZ Sports, the incident happened at the Nashville International Airport in Tennessee … after Ryan allegedly stole items from a store.
Cops in the documents say Ryan was captured on CCTV taking the goods without paying for them, before he eventually put them on a counter and entered a bar nearby in the concourse.
According to the docs, officers made contact with Ryan — who they say was trying to order a drink at the bar — and claim he exhibited signs of intoxication.
The 35-year-old — who most recently played for the Detroit Red Wings — “was not compliant with officers, had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage,” according to authorities.
In the docs, police say Ryan was eventually taken into custody, where they claim he was unable to stand on his own without support.
“Ryan was unaware of his location, the day or time and posed a danger to himself,” cops said in the docs.
Eventually, the hockey player was booked on a public intoxication charge. Court records show the case has since been dismissed. No word yet on why, we’ve reached out to prosecutors, but haven’t heard back.
Ryan has been open about his issues with substance abuse in the past — he stepped away from the NHL in 2019 in order to get sober. He famously returned to the ice just a few months later for the Ottawa Senators and scored a hat trick in his first home game back. He was emotional both during the contest and afterward.
Ryan went on later that season to win the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who best demonstrates perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication.
The former Anaheim Ducks star did not play in the league last season.
9:34 AM PT — Ryan is breaking his silence on the arrest … saying on his Twitter page on Wednesday, “Today is day 1 (again). Mostly embarrassed, but I shouldn’t be. Today I’m waking up and choosing better.”
Ryan also thanked all of his fans, friends and family members who sent him messages.
“Thank you for all of them.”