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Byfuglien has impaired boating charge dropped

Jul 23, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

Dustin Byfuglien Getty

Dustin Byfuglien is off the hook. The Jets’ defenseman had his impaired boating charge dropped today in a Minneapolis court, pleading guilty to the misdemeanor of careless boating (for not having proper lighting on the vessel).

Winnipeg Free Press reporter Mike McIntyre has all the details on Twitter.

Most notably, Byfuglien gets a $1,000 fine and 30-day sentence, with 28 days suspended. The remaining two days will be spent as a “workhorse,” which could mean he’ll be picking up garbage along the side of a highway at some point. (Or perhaps plowing a field?)

Byfuglien’s agent says the sentence will have no impact on his career.

The 27-year-old was facing up to a year in jail after his Aug. 31 arrest on Lake Minnetonka. Even though Byfuglien passed a preliminary breath test that day, a “distinct brown stain on his tongue” led officers to suspect he was “under the influence of a controlled substance and was unable to safely operate a watercraft.”

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff released a statement after the case was settled.

“After allowing the legal process to play out, we are thankful to see this matter resolved to the satisfaction of all parties involved,” said Cheveldayoff. “As an organization, the Winnipeg Jets are happy this is behind Dustin and he can look forward to the upcoming hockey season, along with the rest of the team and their passionate fan base.”

PS – Courtesy Peter Chura of Global TV Winnipeg, here’s a picture of Byfuglien arriving in court.


  1. 28giroux28 - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Good to see all this Flyers content.

  2. ruddigervancity - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Looks like Big Buff might have EATEN a workhorse…

  3. grillmarks - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Camera added a little poundage, there.

    • terminalcityhockey - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      This photo must have been taken through several cameras then.

  4. mclovinhockey - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    I’m on a boat and
    It’s going fast and
    I am drinker than Dustin Byfuglien

    : ) had to repost it

  5. davemeisner - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Good job Saul Goodman!

    and Dustin is looking fat as usual….

  6. shortsxit - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Forgive my ignorance, but what would the brown stain have even been?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      Um, licorice?

    • icewalker946 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      I was wondering the same thing….I was hoping for someone in the comment section could answer that.

    • seahawks19081 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      Ass. He was eating another man’s ass.

  7. hockeyflow33 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    He looks more like a lineman than a defenseman

  8. bigdawg1954 - Jul 28, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    He was boating while Black.

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