Bad things happen when sports fans cross over from rooting FOR their team to rooting AGAINST their opponent. Even worse things happen when you add FIRE to that mix. Take the most recent example of a University of Oregon fan who wanted to show his pride for the Ducks after their 37-20 win over rival Oregon State last Saturday. According to police, Joshua Britton, 20, dropped a burning shirt on to the OSU Beavers logo on the 35 yard line after the game causing more than $1500 damage. How do they know this? A photograph of the incident appeared in the Portland Tribune and later this video surfaced on YouTube (see below).
Oops. Someone’s parents are NOT going to be giving him that big present this Christmas because they’ll have spent all their money raising bail.
Mr. Britton could face one or more of the following charges:
* Riot (Class C felony)
* Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (Class A misdemeanor)
* Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree (Class B misdemeanor)
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (Class A misdemeanor)
* Reckless Burning (Class A misdemeanor)
When does a wrestling move go from merely uncomfortable to sexual assault? A judge in Fresno, California may have to decide just that as a 17-year-old wrestler from Buchanan High School goes on trial for what is being called an excessive “butt drag” move. In basic terms, a butt drag is a wrestling (real no pro) that involves using your hand between the opponent’s cheeks to steer him around to pin him. Distasteful for most people, but perfectly acceptable in wrestling circles. The victim in this case though, a 15-year-old teammate of the accused, says it went WAY beyond a textbook butt drag and involved something more that in another arena might involve having the guy buying him dinner first.
In the end (sorry) the senior grappler was not only expelled from school but is also facing sexual assault charges. Below are two videos, one about this incident and the other an extensive series of clips of actual butt drags (the non-sexual assault version) being performed. Sorry to ruing your breakfasts this morning.
“This kid basically targeted my son, pinned him to the ground and assaulted him.” Ross Rice claims his 15-year-old son wasn’t just grabbed, or dragged, but painfully penetrated and injured by his opponents fingers. “They tagged it as a butt drag, and I don’t think that move is a bad move, but what he did was above and beyond that.” Rice said.The alleged assailant, a 17-year-old, goes on trial on charges of sexual battery this week, and faces possible expulsion from school. His attorney, Charles Magill says the accusations and charges are absurd. “They are sweating and grappling with one another. There is a certain amount of give and take when you are involved in that type of an intimate sport.” He said, and added; “We defend it by saying the conduct he’s alleged to have done is overblown and completely out of context of what happened.” No one at Buchanan High or the Clovis Unified School District will comment on the matter.
Long time Fresno State University wrestling coach Dennis Deliddo says the Butt Drag is a legitimate wrestling move. “So you grab the buttocks, one side or the other and try to steer your opponent one way or another it’s just a wrestling move.” But, Deliddo adds, “It is not supposed to involve penetration. That’s not taught. That move isn’t taught, to stick your finger there.”
Let’s not make this a rant against all bowlers who fondle themselves at the lanes . . . but you know who you are. Why don’t you just try and keep your laptops with pictures of naked women on them at home, okay?
A 56-year-old transient man was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of looking at digital pornography and fondling himself inside the Palo Alto Bowl, police said. Grant Willner was arrested at 6:20 p.m. Sunday in the bowling alley on the 4000 block of El Camino Real after a female bartender saw him staring at a naked image of a woman on a laptop, said Sgt. Wayne Benitez of the Palo Alto Police Department. The bartender said she saw the man fondling himself at the long counter in the center of the bowling alley, Benitez said. Willner told police he wasn’t masturbating and that the photo was of his girlfriend, who recently e-mailed it to him, Benitez said. After arresting Willner on suspicion of committing a lewd act in public, police confiscated the laptop and will consider seeking a search warrant from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office to check its files, Benitez said.
Man arrested after lewd conduct at Palo Alto bowling alley (Mercury News)
You remember Kevin Grady, don’t you? Back in July of 2008 he was found passed out behind the wheel of his GMC Yukon Denali at 2 am on a Grand Rapids, Michigan street corner. At that time he jumped into the Top Ten of our World Famous BadJocks BAC Rankings (not to be confused with the notoriously inaccurate BCS Rankings) after blowing an impressive blood alcohol concentration of .281% . Now, a little over two years later the now former Wolverine was arrested for DUI again, less than two miles from where his first arrest occurred. This time though, Kevin outdid himself and blew a .30% BAC, a level at which most people aren’t alive, much less driving.
On the plus side, Grady could also be one of the first persons in the State of Michigan punished under the new Super Drunk Law (seriously, that’s what it’s called) that throws additional penalties for those whose BAC is twice the legal limit (.17%). What about someone whose BAC is nearly double the double limit? Wouldn’t that make them SUPER Super Drunk? Seems like there’s no additional incentive for excellence past the .17% level in this law. What is America coming to these days!
The former East Grand Rapids High School and University of Michigan player blew a 0.30 when authorities charged Grady with second-offense operating under the influence last month. A second test alleges a 0.29 intoxication level, files show. A ticket issued upon Grady’s 10:24 p.m. arrest shows he was stopped by Grandville Officer Darin Rietman in the area of 28th Street and Dixie Avenue SW. The stop near the Grandville and Wyoming city line is about two miles from the corner of 44th Street and Byron Center Avenue SW where Grady was arrested in July 2008 for his first offense.
You gotta give it to those English football players, they really do know how to party. Normally, on their birthdays, most guys will go out with the woman in their life, have a nice dinner, a few drinks (maybe a movie) and celebrate in style. But not Michael Ricketts, 32, who used to play for the Bolton Wanderers. No, his idea of a great birthday allegedly including taking his woman to a club, then–for some reason–calling her a “f****** c***”, then taking her outside, throwing her against a car, followed by a good ol’ fashioned head-butting and a punch to the face . . . as cops watched from a patrol car. Oops!
Ultimately, the Bobbies had to point a Taser at Rickett’s chest to get him to settle down. Not quite a “Tasered by Cops” but close enough for our purposed. Yeah, he went to jail and his beloved appears to be alright, but you can guess that she’ll think twice about going on another date with Mr. Ricketts.
Here’s the bloody details from our favorite UK tabloid, The Sun:
Michael Ricketts, 32, was nicked on suspicion of assault after the row during a night out to celebrate his birthday. Ricketts – capped just once for England eight years ago and without a club now – is accused of calling the blonde a “f****** c***” as they had a drink together at a restaurant.
He then stormed out, followed minutes later by the woman. The row continued and Ricketts allegedly threw her against a car before attacking her and leaving her with a black eye. Two officers, who saw the fight from their patrol car, were forced to point the Taser at Ricketts’s chest to calm him down. Ricketts spent a night in the cells before being charged with common assault yesterday. The victim, 33 – thought to be Ricketts’s partner – was discharged from hospital after treatment for her injuries.
I know, I know, soccer goal celebrations have gotten WAY out of hand lately with all sorts of choreographed team dances and parodies. But what if you’d rather not celebrate with your teammates and, instead, elbow one of them in the face? That might make you feel better at that moment, but likely won’t encourage others to pass you the ball in the future.