Lightning player arrested on drug charges - FOX 13 News

Lightning player arrested on drug charges

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

A Tampa Bay Lightning player was arrested during a traffic stop overnight.

Ryan Malone was charged with Possession of Cocaine and DUI.

The arrest happened around 3:19 a.m. at the corner of Platt Street & Rome Avenue.

An officer spotted Malone's Chevy Suburban hit a curb at the corner of Howard & Platt.

The officer pulled over the Suburban and noticed an odor of alcohol coming from the driver.

They say Malone refused a sobriety test and was booked for DUI.

The officers then found 1.3 grams of cocaine in Malone's back pocket.

Malone has been with the Lightning since 2008 when he signed a seven-year contract worth $31.5 million.

The Lightning played at home last night, but Malone did not play.

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman gave a brief statement following the arrest:

"We are aware of the situation concerning Ryan Malone this morning. Ryan will not travel with the team to Washington today, but beyond that we cannot comment further at this time."

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly made this statement about Malone:

"We are aware of the situation this morning involving Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone. Under the terms of the collectively bargained joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, Mr. Malone is subject to mandatory evaluation and, if deemed necessary by the Program Doctors, treatment pursuant to the terms of that Program. His future playing status, both in the near term and during the Playoffs, will be determined in accordance the terms of our SABH Program."

The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office told Fox 13 Malone bonded out of jail on $2,500 just before 10 a.m. Saturday.

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