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Ryan Malone arrested for DUI and cocaine possession after routine traffic stop

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Police say Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone has been charged with DUI and possession of cocaine.

Tampa Police Lt. Paul Lusczynski says Malone's breath smelled like alcohol when he was stopped by an officer early Saturday. According to a police report, the officer also found 1.3 grams of cocaine in one of Malone's pockets.

Lusczynski says Malone refused to take field sobriety tests, but a breath test given at the jail recorded blood alcohol levels of 0.112 and 0.116 percent. Florida law considers a driver impaired at 0.08.

Malone was released from the Hillsborough County jail on $2,500 bond. Jail records didn't show whether he had an attorney.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman says Malone won't travel with the team for a game Sunday against the Washington Capitals.

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poker25005 April 12 2014 at 3:43 PM

AOL needs to correct the title on the main page. It is the Tampa Bay Lightning not the Lightning Bolts.

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Steve's Stuff April 12 2014 at 1:21 PM

You know the only bad thing about all this, is Hockey is a very good sport, and now it is going to be marred. But at least they are still better than ANOTHER TEAM we have in this Area. (TBB) at least people enjoy going to watch them

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mbaker4441 April 12 2014 at 2:23 PM

Every one of us had aa made a mistake during their lifetimes. If this was football we never would never have heard about. different standards for different sports. Sad.That he'll never play professional hockey unless they get him a really good lawyer.

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povertysuxs April 12 2014 at 6:50 PM

He is not the first, hopefully he will get treatment, one of Yzerman's past team matres Bob Probert had a huge addiction to Cocain and was busted at the boarder in Windsor but he was allowed to continue playing, that was quit awhile ago and the rules for Pro's have changed drastically. Malone will get his chance like everyone else, we have certainly seen our share of Atheletes detroying their lives!

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daviddanzeisensr April 12 2014 at 1:15 PM

I believe its time for people to be accountable for the things they do.We have allowed our politicians, our clergy , our sports heroes and our financial institutions to get a pass on anything .No longer should the responsible law abiding" stand up" people accept the failure of those we have placed in the public eye. I for one am sick of every one from our religious leaders to the person on the street asking for and getting forgiveness and then assuming all is well. Think back , remember Ted Kennedy trying to cross the bridge and we and his fellow legislators did absolutely nothing accept try to make him an American hero . How stupid we have become. We deserve better and our legal system should protect us and punish those that think they are exempt from the obligations they accepted.

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jupiterjef April 12 2014 at 6:53 PM

one thing always amazes me when I see these articles, crossing all sports and all athletes, regardless of their backgrounds (where they grew up).... If u r making 2.5 mill a year, for 5% ($125,000) u could have one of the best a chauffeurs/body guards just to keep you out of trouble...why even bother to drive your own car? If I'm the GM of any team in any sport where a player does this, I get rid of him just for being "stupid". The crimes he committed are serious, as he was driving around wasted....why? He's just an idiot, secondly because he's diminishing his performance for his team that pays him, but most importantly, he shouldn't be driving and could kill someone.

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vettura April 12 2014 at 1:01 PM

These professionals get paid big bucks to perform at the level under which they were signed. With the money in their pockets they cheat us all with low level performance.

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djb725 April 12 2014 at 1:01 PM

if you do the crime you do the time,, thats that,,,,, love the Bolts, but we don't need any of that crap hovering over our team, city and Fans,,,,, big money has ruined professional sports, gone are the days Of "Take me out to the Ballgame",,,,,,,gone are the days of the real down to earth, home grown athletes,,,,,it's now strictly a business,,, and it is costing us dearly~!~!~!~!~!

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scollegeville3 djb725 April 12 2014 at 2:52 PM


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mlaurel58 April 12 2014 at 6:51 PM

For as much money as these guys make, you'd think they'd take a cab or limo to and from everytime they go out.

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smrtiejo7 April 12 2014 at 7:59 PM

Ryan Malone just got caught...wonder how many athletes in every major sport that this could happen to....

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Michael smrtiejo7 April 12 2014 at 8:39 PM

You are probably right. How sad that hardly a day passes without some over paid, under performing athlete making the headlines for a run in with the law. What role models! With ticket prices out of reach of families, and salaries that are way too high to justify,and stadiums paid for by the public, how can anyone condone this type of behavior? The only clean sport is golf. The public does not have to pay for their playing locations, the players get paid according to how well they play, They pay their own way from tournament to tournament and seldom do any of the players make headlines for bad conduct.

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