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Malone pleads no contest to DUI; cocaine possession charge could be dismissed

Aug 19, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT

On Tueday, Ryan Malone took a step towards clearing up his murky legal situation.

The former Lightning winger, who was arrested in April for driving under the influence and possession of cocaine, plead no contest to the DUI charge and agreed to a pre-trial intervention program for the possession charge.

More, from the Tampa Bay Times:

Malone, 34, was arrested just prior to Tampa Bay’s opening-round playoff against Montreal and bought out of the final year of his contract in June. According to a police report, Malone told the arresting officer he was “shocked” about possessing cocaine, and “baffled” by its appearance as he’d been wearing the same jeans for three straight days.

With his legal issues potentially behind him, it sounds as though Malone — an unrestricted free agent — will start looking for work. Agent Mike Liut said a couple of teams have expressed interest in the six-time 20-goal scorer and former U.S. Olympian.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Any team that signs him deserves him, his baggage, and his three-day old jeans.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Yeah, because your perfect and never screwed up in your life, right?

      • 950003cups - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        Those words mean ugotz coming from a fan of a team who singlehandedly revived Michael Vick’s career. You guys would hire Charles Manson as your GM if got out tomorrow.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        yeah, Vick serving his time didn’t have anything to do with his career being “revived” at all.

      • patthehockeyfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        I’ll put it this way: I’m far from perfect; however, I’ve never been arrested for DUI. I’ve never been found to have cocaine in my jeans. And, I NEVER have worn the same pants three days in a row (shudder).

        Malone has problems and needs help. Any team that signs him should make drug and alcohol counseling mandatory before he even touches the ice.

      • 950003cups - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        @ibieiniid
        So, I’m guessing you’d be cool having Jerry Sandusky as your defensive coordinator if he gets out? Obviously according to your last post, you’re fine with it. I always knew you were a douchebag. Now it’s fact.

      • i1theinternet - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        Lighten up, dude. The “three-day old jeans” bit makes pretty clear that it’s a joke.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        so now Michael Vick is not only Charles Manson, but Jerry Sandusky too? I’m talking about Michael Vick, you oaf. not a serial killer or a child rapist. in my mind, he’s more than made up for the bad he did with the off-field good he’s done.

        I know you like to think of yourself as being better than others, so you like to put simple ex-cons down as less-than-human, but you aren’t. those are humans, and your family, too and just because they broke laws doesn’t mean they should never have a job again. I’m the douchebag?

      • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        The blatant straw man there was funny too. “Fact,” he devises, from an argument he made up with himself.

      • jpelle82 - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        crimes against dogs < raping children and murdering people

      • weenerman - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        Is that Rob Ford posting as broadstreetbeatdown?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        Maybe you’re just confused from all the “weeners” you’re accustomed to getting.

  2. westof1club - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Nothing to see here. Now making a money phone, that’s a true indicator of a KID’s character. This 34 yr old man didn’t ask to be a role model.

    • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      personally, I took more offense to that douchey haircut he had.

      (Note: out of context the money thing looks like nbd. but remember, it was DURING the lockout. not the best time for that photo)

      • westof1club - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        At least your priorities are in order. The long lasting effects of a bad haircut and a poor attempt at humor have rightly been etched into your mind. A drunk coke head behind the wheel of a vehicle at a curious hour isn’t a big deal. Showing you have money as an athlete in a major sports league during a lockout truly reveals how bad an egg Kane is.

      • jpelle82 - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        you’re kidding right? driving drunk and coked up “isnt a big deal”?

      • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        he was being sarcastic. what’s ironic is for the haircut part, so was I. don’t think west picked up on that. but he’s right, a drunk coke head driving is a bigger deal than a stack of money… and i never said otherwise. but to write off the fact that people simply don’t like Evander Kane because of the money thing is ridiculous. the assertion that we can only worry about Malone OR Kane is kinda off-base.

  3. wutangwild - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    I still can’t believe ganja is a schedule I substance along with heroin, crack etc. At least these sort of headlines only pop up every few years as apposed to the National Felons League. That being said, any of us regular chumps who get busted for a DUI with blow on us would be facing serious prison time. Hope you get help Ryan.

    • jpelle82 - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      no kidding, felony possession in Va where i live. life ruining. usually they will drop the dui charge to get the coke conviction…apparently if you have money in florida its the other way around.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        if you’re a first (sometimes even 2nd) offender in VA (and probably have to be white too), you’ll get the other way around as well. know several people that got their felonies dropped to a lesser charge for probation/comm service/drug class. there’s states that are way harsh about drug offenses, VA is no longer one of them really.

      • hockey412 - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        Seriously? A felony in one state, legal in another…you know, I’m starting to think that for the United States of America…we’re not all that united.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        no it’s still a felony, you just sometimes get a break. contrary to popular belief, prosecutors/judges DO try to keep from ruining lives by assigning felonies for drug charges…. sometimes. it DOES happen, and honestly, that probably happens in almost all the states.

      • jpelle82 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        if you’re black with coke you’re done, and you can forget about getting a job or your license back when you get out too

      • wutangwild - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        @hockey412, couldn’t have said it better myself. Divide and conquer…oldest trick in the book!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      IMHO, the DUI is a reasonable charge. Driving under the influence of intoxicants puts innocent people at risk. As for possession of any intoxicants, I have yet to hear any sensible justification for spending billions of tax dollars to punish adults for their choices in this area.
      In Canada recently, some researchers looked into the history of anti-cannabis legislation. They could find no record as to why it was outlawed in the 1930s (no crisis being addressed, nothing), nor even if anyone at the time in Parliament even knew what it was.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        i feel like your handle should be a lot more prevalent on DUI stories.

      • wutangwild - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        There is no sensible justification. It started and still is all about $$$. It’s not merely coincidence that DuPont just came out with a synthetic fiber (nylon) around the same time it was made illegal. I could go on and on but we are getting off topic. Agree completely with the DUI comment, it is very dangerous and IMO should have harsher penalties.

  4. bsaures - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Interest Including some offers from stoned managers at ski resorts because they heard he was a expert on fresh white powder.

  5. charastein - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    His new nickname needs to be 8-BALL.

  6. canadianguest - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Malone was quoted, by a local psychic, as thinking, “damn, maybe my pipe is in my other pants?”

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