Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Smith caught streaking; Stone arrested for public drunkenness
SCRANTON, Pa. -- The captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins was charged with indecent exposure after a police officer saw him running naked on a downtown street early Sunday, and a teammate was arrested for public drunkenness.
The Penguins said they will discipline Ryan Stone after the forward was charged with public drunkenness.
Nathan Smith told the officer he acted on a bet.
Officials said Smith, a center for the American Hockey League team, was charged with misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure, open lewdness and disorderly conduct, as well as public drunkenness. He was released on $10,000 bail.
Penguins forward Ryan Stone was charged with public drunkenness.
The AHL team suspended Smith for its second-round home playoff game Thursday. It was not immediately clear how Stone would be disciplined but the team said he would not be suspended.
"I would like to apologize to the people of Northeast Pennsylvania, my teammates and to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Pittsburgh Penguins organizations," Smith said in a statement. "I made an embarrassing and regrettable decision this weekend and understand I will face disciplinary action. My conduct was unacceptable and totally out of character -- it will not happen again. I promise to do my best to win back your trust and support."
Stone's arrest was his second this season for public drunkenness. He was cited for the same charge in October, pleaded guilty and paid a fine.