It’s been a while since we had a jock Tasered by cops. And we can’t ever recall one being zapped by two cops at the same time. But then again, we haven’t had a story before about a allegedly drunk, naked college football player (all 6’2″ 301 lbs of him) breaking into a stranger’s home in the middle of the night, then getting down into a 3-point stance to charge arresting officers. He might have had it coming.
You’re truly one of a kind, Tyler Patrick Thomas, freshman offense lineman for the Oregon State Beavers.
Officers responded to a report of an intoxicated stranger inside a Corvallis home at 5 a.m. Sunday. The residents told police the man had done damage to a computer in an office room, police said. When police arrived, the man didn’t comply with instructions from officers.
“He got down into a 3-point stance, like football players do, like a lineman, and lunged at the officers,” Sgt. Mike Mann with the Corvallis Police Department told KVAL News. The two officers both fired their Tasers at the same time, Mann said.
So much “fail” in this story, so little time to tell it.
It all starts back on May 26, 2010 when Bryant University baseball coach Jamie Pinzino, 35, learned he had been named “Coach of the Year” in the Northeast Conference after BU won the 2010 NEC regular-season championship in only its first year of eligibility. That same day, Bryant was holding it’s annual end-of-the-year athletic department softball game. Sounds like a great time to celebrate, right? If you thought so, you’re not the only one.
According to police, about two hours after the cookout started, they were called to the school baseball field where they found Pinzino and assistant coach Andy Koocher, 26, allegedly intoxicated and brawling. When they tried to break up the fight, cops say the pair became aggressive and Pinzino had to be Tasered in order to get him to comply. As a result of that incident (and the resulting charges) both coaches have resigned.
Here’s more from the Providence Journal:
Pinzino, 35, was arrested on May 26 and charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors. He pleaded innocent at his arraignment on June 3 in District Court, Providence, and is scheduled to appear at a pre-trial hearing on June 15. The police also arrested assistant coach Andy Koocher, 26, and charged him with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors. He pleaded no contest at his arraignment and his case was filed for one year. Pinzino and Koocher resigned on June 9. Bill Smith, director of athletics, said the pair violated policies of mutual respect and professional conduct that are listed in the Bryant employee handbook.
According to Lt. Michael Rheaume, detective commander of the Smithfield Police Department, Bryant Public Safety officers responded to a report of a fight on the baseball field. Pinzino and Koocher appeared to be intoxicated and fighting and became “defensive and aggressive” when confronted. Bryant officials summoned the Smithfield police and said they wanted to pursue charges. The police arrived at about 7:45 p.m. and arrested the two coaches. They used a Taser to subdue Pinzino before arresting him.
The stepfather of Boston Celtics’ guard Marquis Daniels was Tased and arrested at Amway Arena during Tuesday night’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Orlando police arrested Willie L. Buie, 55, and charged him with resisting arrest with violence. A spokesman for the Celtics confirmed Buie’s relationship with Daniels but declined comment about the incident.
Police reports show at about 10:55 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a disturbance in sections 106-107, which are behind one of the baskets. They tried to escort a man, later identified at Buie, from his seat, but the man refused. It’s unclear what prompted officers to remove Buie from the arena. Police said Buie responded verbally to police, saying, “I’m not going, [expletive] you.”
When several other officers arrived to help, Buie continued his resistance. He was finally escorted out of Amway to an area near the security office, reports show. Once there, officers forced Buie to the ground and tried to handcuff him, a report shows. Buie kept his hands under his body and refused to be handcuffed, officers said. That’s when an officer pulled out his Taser, put it up against Buie’s back and shot electricity into him for five seconds, the report shows. After he was stunned, Buie put his hands behind his back and was handcuffed.
Earlier this week we had a fan at a Phillies game tasered by cops as he ran onto the field. On Friday we had a member of the Gallery at The Players Championship who may have had a little too much to drink, got rowdy and then refused to comply with marshals and cops who wanted him to settle down. You know what that means? it’s a Taserin’!
This seems to be an interesting new trend in sports and one that might finally have an impact on unruly fans the world over. Then again, we’ve seen some soccer fans who a taser would only serve to wake them up enough to continue on their rampage.
Travis Parmelee, 36, was shocked with a Taser and arrested after becoming belligerent with hole marshals and St. Johns County sheriff’s deputies. He was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence. The PGA Tour released a statement reiterating its position of not tolerating any unruly behavior at any tournament: “The Tour’s position is and has always been that anything that disrupts the competition or the enjoyment of our fans will be dealt with accordingly, as was the case today.” Capt. Dave Messenger of the Sheriff’s Office said marshals on hole No. 11 called police around 5 p.m. to deal with a man who was being uncooperative and argumentative. Messenger said the suspect would not calm down and became even more belligerent when talking with police officers.When police tried to arrest the suspect, he resisted and officers were forced to Tase him to subdue him, Messenger said.
Apparently this happened last night (May 3, 2010) during the Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals game at Citizens Bank Park. A fan waving a rally towel ran into outfield and managed to avoid security until a cop whips out a Taser and nails the guy. Remember the old days when they would just chase you around for awhile until you got tired . . . or sober? Here’s more on the story from Chicago Breaking Sports (Be sure to vote in our poll at right):
The Philadelphia Phillies are looking into further use of Taser guns after a police officer shocked a teenage fan who ran onto the field Monday. The fan hopped a fence and scurried around the outfield, eluding two security officers late in the game against the St. Louis Cardinals. One officer used a Taser and the fan went down in a heap. The Phillies say the police department is investigating the matter and discussing with the team whether it’s appropriate use of force under similar circumstances.