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Bobby Ryan Arrested for Public Intoxication at Nashville Airport

Images and arrest report courtesy of The Scoop Nashville

Bobby Ryan Arrested for Public Intoxication at Nashville Airport

Former Masterton Trophy winner Bobby Ryan was arrested and booked early this week at Nashville International Airport following a series of disturbing behaviour.

Nashville Airport Police were called in on the former Ottawa Senators forward after reports were made of theft from a concourse storefront. After arriving on scene and reviewing footage of the alleged event, police zeroed in on a male matching the description in airport CCTV footage from the storefront theft.

Police identified the suspect as Robert Shane Ryan – better known as Bobby Ryan – who had seemingly set the items down along the counter one-by-one as he proceeded down the terminal hallway in the concourse.

The shop owner was given back the items taken unlawfully from his store. Luckily for Ryan, the store owner did not press any shoplifting charges.

However, when police arrived at Little Harpeth Brewing – located further down the terminal concourse – they found Ryan attempting to order a drink at the bar. The 35-year-old was incoherent and operating in an incapacitated and dangerous manner.

“Ryan was not compliant with officer,” the arrest report read. “He had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage. Ryan was taken into custody and while being observed by officers could not stand on his own without support. Ryan was unaware of his location, the day or time and posed a danger to himself.”

He was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail shortly thereafter and charged with public intoxication. Ryan was later released and had his charges dropped following the normal eight-hour public intoxication period.

Back in September of 2020, Ryan was awarded the NHL’s Masterton Memorial Trophy as the league’s top player who best exemplified the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey for the 2019-20 season. He battled alcohol abuse and took an extended leave of absence from the Senators from November through February of that hockey season.

“Getting help and learning and becoming better in all aspects of my life is certainly better than the alternative and the way that I was headed,” he said upon reception. “The things that I’ve learned about myself, the secondary life, the new life I’ve built. It means more to me than chasing the Cup.”

Ryan will certainly be in need of further support going forward after this significant setback.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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