Ryan Malone’s Cocaine Arrest: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Ryan Malone, who plays for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, was arrested this morning on charges of DUI and cocaine possession, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Here’s what you need to know.


1. He Was Busted at 3:23 a.m. With 1.3 Grams of Coke

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According to the arrest report (below), Malone was busted at 3:23 a.m. Saturday on Platt Street and Rome Avenue in Tampa. See the intersection above, via Google Street View.

He was booked at 5:40 a.m.

The AP reports that cops say Malone’s breath smelled like booze when he was pulled over, and they found 1.3 grams of cocaine in his pocket.


2. He’s Having an Awful Season

The 34-year-old Malone has just 15 points in 57 games this season, and his career has been in decline.

He even “sucks at fighting now,” according some YouTube hecklers who commented on this January 7 dustup between Malone and Mark Stuart of the Winnipeg Jets:


Ryan Malone vs Mark Stuart Jan 7, 2014Ryan Malone vs Mark Stuart from the Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets game on Jan 7, 2014. via http://www.hockeyfights.com2014-01-08T05:34:22.000Z

3. He Hadn’t Suited Up for the Last 3 Games

Malone was a healthy scratch for the last three games. That means he wasn’t injured but the team elected not to dress him for the game — as in, coaches had 20 guys they’d rather play ahead of him.

4. He Got Fat

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Sports Illustrated notes that Malone tipped that scales at 250 pounds on the arrest report, while his NHL bio lists him at a slim 224.


5. He’s Not Traveling With the Team Today

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Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman, seen here in a file photo, made a statement on Malone’s arrest. (Getty)

The team made a statement, via General Manager Steve Yzerman:

We are aware of the situation concerning Ryan Malone this morning. Ryan will not travel with the team to Washington today, but beyond that we cannot comment further at this time.

Tampa is set to play the Washington Capitals on Sunday.