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.
It’s all fun and games until that cop puts that Taser to your neck, isn’t it? For University of Minnesota Duluth football captain Robert Wayne Aurich it started out earlier this month as a good time at a local sports bar when a security guard noticed him “accidentally kicked his shoe off and had a very difficult time trying to put it back on. He said Aurich had a hard time walking. He was staggering and swaying back and forth. He tripped on some more stairs and flung himself forward into a wall.”
A nearby police officer was called and they tried to escort Aurich, UMD’s former team captain, out of the bar. That’s when the fun (and near Tasering) started:
The officer escorted Aurich out of the bar about 1 a.m. Another officer saw Aurich push the officer back toward the door. The second officer said he told Aurich: “You’re under arrest. Put your hands behind your back.”
An officer handcuffed one of Aurich’s hands, but Aurich continued to push both officers, according to the police report. An officer put a Taser in Aurich’s back and told him he would be tased if he didn’t put his other hand behind his back. The football player allegedly said, “I’m a ’baller. I’ll kick your ass.’’ Aurich also allegedly said, “You’re embarrassing me.”
Another officer reported that Aurich said, “Don’t tase me.” The football player also allegedly said, “Do you think you can take me to the ground? I’ll beat you up right now.”
Aurich eventually put his right hand behind his back and was handcuffed by the two officers. However, he continued to push against the officers and use vulgar language. A third officer responded and attempted to place Aurich in a squad car. Aurich said he wouldn’t get in the car and resisted until an officer pushed him hard enough that the officer also went into the car.
For his efforts, Aurich now faces charges of charges of gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process and disorderly conduct.
UMD football captain arrested after fight with police (Duluth News Tribune)
Ah, they started another homecoming tradition at Williamsport Area High School (PA) this past weekend! It’s called “The End of the Homecoming Dance Brawl”, and organizers even got local police to volunteer their time to come in and Taser some of the winners. To say the least, it was a magical night for many of the students . . . once they were released from the hospital.
Plans are already in place for next year, when not only will the Homecoming King and Queen get to dance together, but they will also get to mace and taser the runner-ups. How nice!
For those of you who don’t understand the ways of today’s younger generation, here’s some details from a statement released by the school district about last Friday’s festivities:
“At 10:28 p.m., during the last song of the dance, two male students engaged in a pushing match. This behavior attracted the immediate attention of several other students. There were students who were attempting to separate the two male students who were engaged in the pushing match, while others were attempting to escalate the situation.
“The DJ immediately stopped the music, the lights came on, and the majority of the students exited the building. “Administration contacted the police, requesting support to assist in dispersing the crowd.
“Once outside, two female students engaged in a physical altercation. This created a large crowd gathering. When the crowd did not disburse, police activated a pepper canister and attempted to use a Taser on a non-compliant student who was involved in the physical altercation.
WASD: Students will be held accountable in homecoming dance melee (Sun Gazette)