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Former Lightning forward Malone ‘shocked’ he had cocaine

Aug 13, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

Ryan Malone AP

Former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone has been having a hard time of late. He was bought out of his contract by the team in late June and in April he was arrested for DUI and cocaine possession.

As it turns out, the cocaine part of the story was a surprise to him at the time.

Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports Malone was unaware he had cocaine on him when he was pulled over by police.

“I asked where it came from,” officer Andrew Visser wrote in his report. “And he said he was just shocked.”

Malone plead not-guilty to the charges, but according to court documents obtained by the Tampa Bay Times he had 1.3 grams of cocaine in his possession. He also initially refused a field sobriety test but had a blood-alcohol level of 0.112 and 0.116 when he was booked. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08.

Malone is currently a free agent and may not be likely to land with a new team until his legal issues are sorted out.

  1. govtminion - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    I’ve had weird stuff happen where I forget a $20 bill in my wallet and it goes through the wash, or I might forget where I put my work ID and have to check yesterday’s pockets in the laundry before I leave for work… I gotta tell you though, I’ve never once checked my suit jacket and found coke in there. That’s a heck of a weird thing to have happen, Mr. Malone.

    • lightning79 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      ….If that Coke would’ve been someone elses, I doubt he would’ve reported to rehab

    • avfanforlife - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      “Officer, That’s NOT mine.”
      ~every person busted for drug possession. ever.

      • govtminion - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        “Sir, these aren’t even my pants… I borrowed these from Marion Barry last time we were in town to play the Capitals. Promise.”

      • timmmah10 - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        Someone told me that was sugar!

    • cfol44 - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      When I was younger I knew exactly how much I or we had, that’s a good one.

      • jpelle82 - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        people who use coke are pretty obsessed/concerned with either getting more or properly rationing what they have so they dont run out before they can get more. he knew, he wasnt that drunk.

  2. pjblake2redwings - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    way to piss away a your career to party. hopefully he comes back and can bring his game play back up to the level he had in Pitt

    • letsgolightning - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      The partying isn’t even the problem. He could have easily gotten wasted and taken a taxi home. Tampa isn’t exactly Podunk, Mississippi- especially the area where he was caught. We have taxis, car services, limos, Lyft, Uber… take your pick. Each cost less than the millions he’s now losing out on.

      • jpelle82 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        for him partying is the problem. the average nhl player partying and taking a cab home doesnt have coke in his pocket

    • billiam55 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      partying and doing serious drugs are two different things.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        note: Cokeheads call doing coke “partying.”

    • beyor35 - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Tell that to Ron Hextall… He played every game coked out of his mind…

  3. patthehockeyfan - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Yes, Yerdon, I have to agree with your caption on the front page. Surprise drugs in your pants are the worst kind. lol

    I can hear a line from the movie, “Casablanca,” as Claude Rains’ character, Captain Renault, is handed his gambling winnings as his police force closes down Rick’s. “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

    I mean, seriously, how does one defend not knowing he had cocaine? “Someone else was wearing my pants earlier”?

    And, yes, alcohol and drug abuse is not a laughing matter. Sorry if I offended anyone.

    • lightning79 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      If you read the article by Joe Smith. Malone was wearing those pants for 3 straight days…Who wears the same Jeans for 3 straight days? lol

      • patthehockeyfan - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        I read another non-linked article – the 3 straight days of wearing the same pants wasn’t mentioned.

        (The thought of that just gives me the oogies.)

        All kidding aside, I hope Malone’s able to get straight. What a waste of talent.

      • willrad00 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        Hey man i got student loans to pay here, cut me some slack. What do you want me to do? WASH the pants. Thats crazy

      • jpelle82 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        coke heads who dont sleep or shower wear the same pants 3 days in a row…

      • lightning79 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        @patthehockeyfan It’s only because Joe Smith and TBT have acquired the police reports.

        @willrad00 I understand a student, but someone who makes millions yearly should be able to own enought Jeans, and probably hire a cleaning lady to wash the Jeans Daily lol

      • ibieiniid - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        pelle: are we not supposed to be wearing pants 3 days in a row?

      • jpelle82 - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        no, at least have 2 pairs of the same kind and rotate them

      • rmccleary97 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        Who wears the same jeans for 3 days? The kind of person who can barely afford to feed his dog on an NHL player’s salary these days.

        Respectfully yours,

        Mike Modano

      • ibieiniid - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        oh, and hippies. never forget the hippies.

  4. btlpper68 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    He’s been on the decline ever since Vancouver, Gota wonder how long he’s been at these drugs

    • lightning79 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      been on decline since he had a ankle injury, now he’s too slow to keep up with the young players. (Same thing happened to Lecavalier)

  5. bsaures - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Must be nice to have so much money you can forget about some coke you bought

  6. esracerx46 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Get this guy outta the league. This is something you hear about in other sports. Not hockey.

    • paperkid96 - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      Bob Probert…….

    • ibieiniid - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Fedoruk, Kevin Stevens, Grant Fuhr. I’m sure there’s more, but the NHL isn’t immune to coke abusers.

      • killhowe - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        Ray Emery too lol.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        hadn’t heard of that one.

      • robocop3999 - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        Raffi Torres, Kipusoff, Stoll, did cok as well

    • storminator16 - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      I LOL when you righteous hockey fans get on your high horses. You probably think the Ferguson, MO situation is an isolate incident as well. Keep dreaming, bud. Hockey players are not the upper moral crust of society.

  7. tarotsujimoto74 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    I’m sure he just forgot that he was holding it for a friend.

  8. juzzi7 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    “wow you’re telling me I had MORE of that?”

  9. cweez2 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Is that cocaine in your pocket or are you just happy to…no, it’s cocaine.

  10. jasminedonut - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    He needs to fry, I hope capital punishment is still legal in Florida

    • patthehockeyfan - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      troll alert

      • govtminion - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        On PHT? I find that hard to believe. 😉

      • patthehockeyfan - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        Ran into him/her a couple of times. This one’s an incendiary type who makes outrageous remarks just for effect.

        ignore ignore ignore

      • jasminedonut - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        I just hope they throw the book at him is all. Obviously I dont want him to fry, but I am so sick of these rich and famous athletes thinking they’re above the law. Make an example of him, maybe we’ll stop hearing about hockey players and all these other criminals in the sports world think they’re above the law. 10 years for possession, DUI, and lying to an officer seems fair.

      • jpelle82 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        yup because hockey players are in the headlines every day. someone please find the numbers and compare the leagues and the arrests. you should go troll pft instead

      • ibieiniid - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        “10 years for possession, DUI, and lying to an officer seems fair.”

        You’re gonna wanna read what you wrote again. except this time, try to remember that you’re talking about a human being.

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        So the laws should be enforced differently for athletes is what you’re saying?

      • ibieiniid - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        lmao good point. I don’t see how “make an example of him” could mean anything other than that hockeyflow.

        basically, jasminedonut thinks he’s above the law of professional athletes.

  11. hairpie2 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    If I recall, Greg Brady once had cigarettes fall out of “his” pocket… upon further investigation, he had apparently taken someone elses coat. Not sure how that works with pants though…

  12. jacketsfan7 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Yes I’m sure the coke walked all the way from someone’s house and into malones wallet

  13. avfanforlife - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Now c’mon everybody, let’s just wait and see if the true owner of the pants steps forward and claims the cocaine.

  14. ibieiniid - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    somebody must have slipped it in his pocket. that new “Share a Coke with…” campaign has its down sides.

    • govtminion - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      I just spat my tea on my desk at work laughing. I salute you, good sir, and award you this ‘hero of teh internetz’ medal.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        Hey, I’m not responsible for any desk damage.

        lol thx minion for this distinguishing award. will this get me onto Tosh.0 or something? i hope so.

      • govtminion - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        I think you can exchange it for a free lolcat or something.

    • timmmah10 - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      Reading this at the office… just laughed out loud quite audibly. Damn you… haha, well played.

  15. puckmepuckyou - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    The coke bothers me a whole lot less than the DUI . Kill yourself any way you want but don’t kill someone else in the process. Like mentioned before there are many ways to get home without driving drunk and high.

  16. cliffatola - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Suspicion of drunk driving, I bet it was actually driving through a residential neighborhood with the stereo too loud and this song on. Cocaine is a helluva drug !

  17. Wineshard - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    I am shocked officer. I thought I had snorted it all.

  18. tn16 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Shocked he had any left

  19. bsaures - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Why did ryan malone go to the comedy club? Someone told him that they would crack him up!

    • avfanforlife - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Couldn’t come up with a better LINE than that?

      • bsaures - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        Why did ryan malone freak out in the restaurant? Because there was no coke only pepsi

      • ibieiniid - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        so the answer is no.

      • avfanforlife - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        Didn’t even make me chuckle with that one either… maybe a little snort.

  20. guitarisgood4u - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    I don’t know him personally, but I wouldn’t put it past him to have the coke.
    Contrarily, I wouldn’t put it past the police to plant it on him.

  21. jeff91121 - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Sounds like he didn’t deny the coke was his….just shocked that he had it on him. Still quite humorous.

  22. lennaykekua - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Couple a drinks, a little blow. Sounds good here.

  23. justanotherphillyfan - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    #12 Cocaine Malone

    To be honest that sounds good on the back of a jersey.

  24. desertfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    It is a shame for the rest of the players because the NHL is and has a reputation for being a notch above the other Pro Leagues and of course a different UNIVERSE from the breed of the NFL and NBA.

    He has brought unnecessary embarasment to the whole group who tend to be a pretty nice bunch of wholesome guys.

    • ibieiniid - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      why’d you leave the MLB out? there’s some pretty big sh**heads in the history of baseball as well.

    • storminator16 - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      “It is a shame for the rest of the players because the NHL is and has a reputation for being a notch above the other Pro Leagues and of course a different UNIVERSE from the breed of the NFL and NBA.”

      You know, I’ve never heard anyone ever say that but I know that is the thought. However, is rooted in the same ethnic differences between the leagues that make me hate that statement.

      I could really dig into your statement more but I’m afraid it was just make me more infuriated with the sentiment. Let’s re-visit your silly statement in about 50 years.

      • storminator16 - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        And I apologize, I didn’t mean to call it “silly” but it strikes a nerve. It is a generalized statement that points out the differences between the NHL and most of the other major sports. Its a divisive statement that keeps a certain generation of youths from even bother picking up the sport of hockey.

  25. gertielertie - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    the NHL doesn’t have a drug policy, per se, in their Collective Bargaining Agreement. If someone is found using they may send them to rehab but there’s nothing in the way of suspensions like there are for the other sports. I have no doubt that there are abusers in the NHL and we never hear about it because of the lack of discipline within the system.

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