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by BMS on 09/01/11 at 03:30 PM ET
After yesterday’s big news about the TV/radio deal struck by True North Sports & Entertainment and Bell Media, there was definitely a buzz about this coming season - especially among those of us unable to score season tickets. Today comes the hangover - figuratively for fans and, it would seem, literally for Jets d-man Dustin Byfuglien.
Apparently, Byfuglien was apprehended last night on under the suspicion of boating while intoxicated. 1500 ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson indicates via Twitter that Byfuglien was picked up on Lake Minnetonka in his home state of Minnesota. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Roster indicates Byfuglien was booked shortly after 11:00 PM last night and released early this morning. Officials have yet to charge Byfuglien, and it’s expected if they’re to do so it’ll happen soon.
Also of note, Wolfson also indicates that Byfuglien weighed in at 286 pounds - some 21 pounds heavier than he’s listed as on the Jets website. If true, Big(ger) Buff will have to work his butt off to get into game shape in the coming weeks. Unless, of course, he’s suddenly a sculpted, chiselled beefcake. Fingers crossed.
A piece in the Winnipeg Free Press includes a quote from Scott Brown, Director of Communications for the Jets, stating that they’re aware of the reports and are gathering information. I can’t imagine they’d have much more to say about the situation until Byfuglien is charged (if he’s charged, of course). The piece also states that Byfuglien played at 245 pounds last year, over 40 pounds lighter than he apparently was when apprehended last night. Yikes.
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