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.
Since Diaz was already in trouble with the football team for an earlier incident, we’re thinking that he might be playing football elsewhere this fall, possibly for the Califonia Corrections Department Team.
Minnesota Viking Everson Griffen was pulled over by the LAPD & when his license turned up invalid, Griffen declared that “he did not want to back to jail” & made a run for the border. Not really sure how effective that tactic would be since the police already had his ID & knew who he was but I digress … after the po po ran him down, the feisty former USC standout grabbed for the man parts and that’s when the Tasers came out to play. (Below, video of the infamous “Don’t Tase Me Bro!” incident. We can only assume Griffen cried out like that as well.)
The LA Times has more details:
When one of the officers tried to subdue Griffen, he allegedly grabbed the officer in the groin area, the source said. Moments later, officers used a Taser to subdue him, the source said. Griffen was arrested in 2009 in Massachusetts on suspicion of breach of the peace.
Another “Tasered by Cops” added to our totals for 2010. What makes this story interesting is that the Tasering didn’t take on Bucs linebacker Geno “Come and Get Me Coppers!” Hayes because his clothes were too thick. So, the arresting officer did the next best thing: he ran Hayes down from behind, tackled him and handcuffed the NFL star. On the plus side, we hear that the officer has since been signed by the Detroit Lions.
Here’s more on the story from Reuters:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes was tasered, handcuffed and arrested early Monday morning, charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct at a local nightclub, Tampa police said. According to the arrest report, Hayes became verbally abusive and made threats to club security and police after intervening on behalf of a friend who was turned away from the door of the Blue Martini Lounge for not being properly attired.
When Hayes refused to walk away from the front door, the police officer tried to remove him by shocking him with a stun gun, but the shock did not subdue Hayes because his clothing was too thick, according to the police report. The arresting officer then tackled Hayes, handcuffed the 23-year-old, three-year NFL veteran and took him into custody.