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UPDATED: Lightning’s Ryan Malone arrested on DUI, cocaine charges

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Lightning forward Ryan Malone’s frustrating season has taken a shocking turn with his arrest. (Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of DUI and cocaine possession, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The arrest report, including Malone’s mug shot, can be seen here.

“We are aware of the situation concerning Ryan Malone this morning,” general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. “Ryan will not travel with the team to Washington today, but beyond that we cannot comment further at this time.”

Beat writer Damien Cristodero reports that Malone was arrested by Tampa police at 3:23 a.m. Saturday on Platt Street and Rome Avenue in Tampa. He was being held on $2,500 bond.

According to the arrest report, Malone was pulled over after an officer witnessed his car colliding with a curb. He refused to take a field sobriety test and was taken into custody on suspicion of being intoxicated. Two breath tests were conducted and Malone blew a .112 and a .116, well over Florida’s limit of .08.

During a search, an officer found a bag containing 1.3 grams of cocaine in Malone’s right back pocket.

According to TSN legal analyst Eric Macramalla, Malone faces up to five years in prison if convicted on the possession of cocaine charge.

Malone did not play in Friday night’s win over Columbus. It was his third straight healthy scratch in a season that’s seen the formerly productive power forward limited to 15 points over 57 games.

Malone, who is listed at 224 pounds on his official NHL page, was listed at a surprising 250 on the arrest report.

UPDATE: “We are aware of the situation this morning involving Tampa Bay
Lightning forward Ryan Malone,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly in a statement. “Under the terms of the collectively bargained joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, Mr. Malone is subject to mandatory evaluation and, if deemed necessary by the Program Doctors, treatment pursuant to the terms of that Program. His future playing status, both in the near term and during the Playoffs, will be determined in accordance the terms of our SABH Program.”

  • Published On Apr 12, 2014
  • 6 comments
    ineedataxi
    ineedataxi

    These millionaire tight asses really need to call a cab

    Alex41
    Alex41

    Is posting his home address really appropriate?

    pipdmx33
    pipdmx33

    This is why I don't watch the NHL. Nothing but a bunch of thugs.

    Steve Moore
    Steve Moore

    Incorrect police report at 250 lbs, rendering innocent as charged ! Holy moly

    abbyzhang1987
    abbyzhang1987

    Why don't these athletes learn? If your going to party, rent a limo!


    If I’m this guy, I’m praying that the Lightning don’t let me go.  DUI with drug possession is a serious charge, and will probably result in $100,000+ in fines once all is said and done.  When I got my DUI (with marijuana possession), my car insurance alone shot up to $200+ monthly.  It was only after shopping for months that I cut it down to $100/month (from Insurance Panda), but even then, my car insurance used to be just $30/month there.  These DUI/drug charges are killer.

    magicvilas
    magicvilas

    What a shame...

    This is usually an NBA story.