bill-swift - April 5, 2012
That would be one heck of a story if it had happened. For a time it appeared like it might.
If there hadn't been so many stories about athletes getting in trouble with the law for one reason or another, this story would probably not be worth telling. After reading about Ryan Leaf being, well—Ryan Leaf, Nick Fairley and his marijuana issues, and the basketball player from Florida that thought it would be cool to steal a taco and run from the cop…
I could go on and on when it comes to the criminal element that is prevalent through every level of sports these days, but that gets away from the real story in this case. For a change, the cops pulled their guns on an athlete who didn't do anything wrong!<gasp!>
The man in question is Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter. On Wednesday, the alarm in his house went off while he was still home. The cops eventually showed up and –since he lived it I'll let him tell the story. These were Hunter's tweets:
"My alarm went off in my house while I was in it. 20mins later I saw cops checking out the scene. Went outside and they drew there guns on me"
That one was followed by:
"They didn't believe I lived here in Newport coast so they walked me upstairs at gunpoint to get my ID."
And the third one:
"When I showed him my ID, he said I'm an angel fan hope u guys have a great season. ARE U KIDDING ME!!!!!! Lol"
If this had happened to most guys they'd be going nuts, but instead Hunter handled it with class, just like any not guilty person should. His final tweet on the incident helped clear up exactly what occurred:
"The cops that were here today had their guns drawn but pointed downward in for safety. Those guys handled the situation like trained cops."
Sounds like everyone handled the situation the way it should have been. My only question now is how come the cops never come whenever the alarm goes off at my house?
(How could the cops even think about arresting this guy?)
Article by Travis Pulver
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