Not since the infamous Carl Eller “garage” incident back in 2008 has it taken so much electricity to bring down a single human being.
According to police reports Fernando Diaz, a redshirt freshman lineman for the Panthers who was trying to work his way back on the team, had to be Tasered a record-tying four times before he would comply. Oakland, CA officers say that they first came across the 6’2″ 280 lb Diaz as he was standing in the middle of the street, yelling at someone in a nearby parking lot. Diaz didn’t move as the police cruiser got closer and reportedly shouted, “What the [expletive] are you going to do, hit me?” Bad move big guy.
Another Pitt player on the scene tried to get Diaz to calm down and quietly accept his public drunkeness citation, but of course that didn’t work and the battle with cops began.
Officers tried to cuff him, but only got one wrist locked before Diaz reportedly broke free. Not wanting to spend an extended amount of time wrestling or boxing with an extremely strong drunk, officers then took out the “Drunk Jock Control Device of Choice”, aka the Taser. Unfortunately for them, the first three jolts were not enough to get Diaz to calm down, but he did finally respond to the 4th blast.
In the end Mr. Diaz will be charged with public drunkenness, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, underage drinking and–our favorite–obstruction of a highway. We’re pretty sure he’s the first jock we’ve reported on that has been hit with that charge.