Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien spent some time in a Minnesota jail on Wednesday night after being arrested on the suspicion of Boating While Intoxicated, according to the Star Tribune. He reportedly spent around three hours in jail before being released pending formal charges.
From the Tribune:
Byfuglien rents a home on Lake Minnetonka in the off-season, said Dale Smedsmo, his stepfather.According to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500, via Twitter, Byfuglien refused a BWI test.
"He's got to grow up," Smedsmo said, when told of the allegation.
Smedsmo, who lives in northern Minnesota and regularly enters Canada, added that a conviction on an alcohol-related charge could complicate Byfuglien's ability to cross into Canada when the time comes for him to report to Winnipeg.
There's pretty much nothing good that can come from driving (or boating) while intoxicated, so it's obviously not a good situation. What's also concerning is that Wolfson also reports that Byfuglien weighed in at 286 pounds, which is 41 pounds over his playing weight of 245 from last season.
Byfuglien was acquired by the Atlanta Thrashers prior to the 2010-11 season after spending parts of five seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Thrashers immediately moved him from forward to defense (the position he played prior to being drafted by the Blackhawks in 2003). He went on to have the best season of his career offensively, scoring 20 goals and adding 33 assists. His performance earned him a large contract extension, signing a five-year, $26 million deal.