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Sheahan hasn’t drank since embarrassing “super-drunk” driving incident

Jan 3, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

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Detroit Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan pled guilty last month to being “super-drunk” while driving.

He was caught by police in a purple Teletubby costume with teammate Brendan Smith‘s ID. He had a blood-alcohol content of .30 — which is well above the .17 necessary to be designated as “super-drunk” — and needed to be sent to a hospital for clearance.

“It was a terrible decision. I’m paying the consequences for it,” Sheahan said in an report. “There’s so much space in my life now to recover from it and make better decisions, and teach people that they don’t want to go through something like that.”

Sheahan said that worst part was the fact that he embarrassed his parents and the Red Wings’ organization.

“I haven’t drank since, and I’ll try to keep it that way for however long I feel like I should,” he said. “Maybe sometime down the road I can venture back into it, but as of now, I don’t feel like there’s any room for it.”

Sheahan has been talking to community members about the decision he made and the consequences of it. On the ice, he’s been great lately with three goals and four points in his last five games with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins.

He’s been getting plenty of opportunities and his coach, Jeff Blashill, seems happy with his performance. With the ugly incident behind him, things are starting to look up again.

“I guess the fans who all read the news articles and everything, they may just think of me a problem kid who has a drinking problem,” he said. “But I’m going to work hard to get myself out there and maybe change those people’s minds.”

  1. blkhwk21 - Jan 3, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Who cares kid, it was a mistake – get out there and play hockey!! Detroit still sucks though

    • shoobiedoobin - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      Yeah, 20 years of excellence sucks. And who cares? A lot of people. We really love to judge and make ourselves feel better and you can just sense more elitist comments coming.

    • elemeno89 - Jan 3, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      Sounds like a good time to me. Shame that the spotlight can ruin a kids fun. However it is good to hear that he’s embracing his role responsibly. There can only be so many Kane’s out there…

      • elemeno89 - Jan 3, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        And by no mean am I supporting drunk driving there is absolutely no reason for that at all. I hope no one gets confused by my statement. I was talking about the party beforehand.

  2. fortwaynekomets - Jan 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    does he realize how easily he could have killed innocent people? probably not as he’s just thinking about himself and “what a terrible mistake he made for himself”.

    this is the pros…

  3. keltecpf9 - Jan 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Never to call someone else an alcoholic, but in my experience, non-alcoholics don’t need to temporarily quit drinking, nor do they ever sit around and wonder if they’re alcoholic or not. It’s also my experience that non-alcoholics can get anywhere close to the .30 BAC range and be functional enough to step into a car, let alone drive one. If he indeed indeed inflicted with alcoholism, he might want to learn that it’s chronic, and that, drinking or not, it always gets worse, and never gets better. Best of luck to him on all accounts.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 3, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      Or he’s like most college-age kids

      • withseidelinn - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        Couldn’t have said it better – coming from a guy his age, I frequently see people drink until they can’t even stand or talk anymore. It’s just part of being in that environment and being that age. Doesn’t make it okay, but behaviour like that does happen and he obviously likes to have a good time.

  4. elwaysmilehighdenver - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Meanwhile his AHL team hosts $1 Beer
    and $1 Hotdog promo on Friday night.

  5. ducksk - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Yep, he screwed up bad. And lucky he or anybody else did not Get hurt or worse. That said, hebmanned up. I sure hope he is sincere and gets help. .30 bac is a real sign of big trouble. Good luck young man, stop before it too late. You may not get another chance.

  6. nyrnashty - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Give the kid a break. I like him better now. Millions of people drive drunk or under the influence every day. Remember your college days??? He’s a college age kid having fun. I don’t care if he’s a prospect he’s still a kid and kids have fun at least where I’m from. I hate when people say call a cab as well. Who was the last person you knew that called a cab when they’ve been drinking? Usually when you’re drunk you don’t think you are. Everyone’s perfect on the internet. He could’ve killed someone, but he didn’t. GET OVER IT!

    • zetaone - Jan 3, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Sooooo by the sound of it, you condone drunk driving because “he’s still a kid” so that makes it ok?

      I got plenty drunk to the point where I could barely walk many times at the age of 19/20/21, and I still knew at that point driving would be irresponsible and flat out wrong. Some people are just selfish, careless, and down right stupid, and don’t care about the outcome of their actions. Alcohol doesn’t change that about you, it doesn’t magically turn off your value system. That’s just the type of person you are.

      • zetaone - Jan 3, 2013 at 8:00 PM

        And the fact that he says he hasn’t drank since.. that just shows he really doesn’t get why what he did was wrong. It’s not getting sh1tfaced drunk we have a problem with, it’s the idiotic CHOICE he made to drive.

        That’s like OJ Simpon saying “ok guys I learned my lesson, I won’t keep knives in my house anymore.”

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 3, 2013 at 9:30 PM

        Sounds like you never really drank enough.

  7. ducksk - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    nyrnashty; agreed

  8. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 3, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Wine is a mocker. Hopefully he can grown from all this.

  9. dlsmith621 - Jan 3, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    BTW, nice English in the heading — should be “hasn’t drunk.”

  10. xjokerz - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM


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