Rugby players getting drunk and getting into trouble is nothing new. Lady rugby players getting drunk and busting up some store windows near a bar, now THAT’S new. Meet Kayleigh Callaway-Bawden, who plays for England on an under-20 level team, was reportedly at a bar with a friend and had quite a bit to drink (according to one report, she had five large bottles of cider, along with a number of Jägar Bombs, a drink consisting of a shot of Jägermeister with Red Bull and cider) and she wanted to go home, but the friend did not. So, Kayleigh smashed a couple of glasses in the ladies room and got kicked out of the bar.
Once outside she didn’t calm down and reportedly smashed the windows of a nearby hair salon (at the prompting of some well-meaning fans), which got the cops involved. Kayleigh allegedly swore at the officers when they arrived and struggled with them after being cuffed and was reported, at one point, to be head butting the ground. You know, as in concrete, asphalt . . . something harder than one’s skull. Not a good idea, even for a rugby player.
Not surprisingly, Callaway-Bawden was arrested and will have to pay some fines and restitution. And, likely, they are not happy with her on the rugby team either. No mug shot, but we can imagine she got a nice forehead bruise to remind her of that evening.
We’re normally not big fans of bike races (except the kind as a kid where you’re racing your friend downhill into a yard full of trees with no brakes) but when you combine the grace of cycling with the brutality of a bar fight, we think the Tour de France might be on to something. Maybe there should be drinking and bouncers and, well, you get the idea. But, for some reason, the normally open-minded Frenchies think there’s something wrong with headbutting in cycling.
Here’s more from then Wall Street Journal (video below):
Three sprint teams, HTC-Columbia, Lampre-Farnese and Garmin-Transitions, led the way into the flat final stretch. Then the fireworks started.
Mr. Renshaw, a 25-year-old Australian, created a hole for Mr. Cavendish by headbutting Julian Dean of the Garmin-Transitions team three times. Mr. Dean was squeezing the HTC-Columbia riders against the rail. Mr. Renshaw’s headbutt pushed him into the middle of the pack and helped Mr. Cavendish slice through for the win.
Aggressive moves are common in a pack sprint, especially among so-called lead-out men, riders like Mr. Renshaw who are tasked with blocking out opponents, cutting a path through the wind, then peeling off at the end. But the headbutt went beyond normal aggression. The two losing teams complained. As a result, Mr. Renshaw became the first rider kicked out of the Tour this year. The expulsion “was a symbolic move, I hope it will prevent dirty riding,” said Matthieu Perget, a French rider who was in the back of the scrum.
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Headbutting another person is almost never a good idea. Headbutting the coach of your kid’s Little League team because junior isn’t getting enough playing time? REALLY Not a good idea, especially if you’re a cop.
“During the course of the game, Mr. Collins became upset, something about playing time,” Lake County Sheriff Daniel Dunlap said. After the game, Collins approached the coach and began arguing. Witnesses told sheriff’s deputies that the coach said he was finished bickering and tried to end the argument.
Then, Collins headbutted him, followed the coach to the ground and continued to flail at him, Dunlap said. “(Collins) claims he was either belly bumped or kneed in the groin first,” Dunlap said. However, the sheriff added, the game’s umpire and other impartial witnesses all said that it was Collins who started the fight.
Collins was arrested, charged with assault and released on a recognizance bond. His preliminary appearance in Painesville Municipal Court is scheduled for Tuesday. If convicted, he could face any punishment from community control to a six months in jail.
Source – News Herald