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Colts punter Pat McAfee arrested after drunken dip

Updated at 10 p.m.

The Colts acted swiftly, suspending Pat McAfee for one game about 12 hours after his arrest.

Updated at 1:44 p.m.

mcafeemug.jpgIndianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee was released from the Adult Processing Center this afternoon after his early-morning arrest for public intoxication and swimming in a canal in Indy's nightclub district.

Filed at 8:36 a.m.

Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee was arrested early this morning on suspicion of being publicly intoxicated after a predawn dip in a canal in an Indianapolis nightlife district.

Police say they arrested a shirtless McAfee, 23, at about 5 a.m. Wednesday in the Broad Ripple district and that he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 (nearly twice the legal limit). McAfee, according to the police report, said he was trying to get his shirt, admitted he had been drinking and asked if he could walk home, but officers arrested him.

Note: This is the Colts' bye week.

Colts President Bill Polian said in a statement that the team is aware of the arrest.

According to police, McAfee was asked if he'd been swimming in the canal and replied, "I am not sure." He was asked how he got wet and said, "It was raining." Officers offered to drive him home, they said, and he replied, "I know I am drunk but does that mean I cannot walk home?"

Police say they asked him how much he'd had to drink and he replied" "A lot 'cause I am drunk."

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By Cindy Boren  | October 20, 2010; 8:36 AM ET
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With Manning behind center the Colts rarely have to punt anyway. This guy probably shows up for games drunk and nobody notices.

Posted by: dalison | October 20, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Punters gone wild!

Posted by: ting2 | October 20, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Pat's main problem has always been more with nudity and less with drunkenness. I'm surprised he was only missing his shirt... Either way, after that refreshing dip in the canal he should've been just fine to walk home.

Posted by: nonsense2 | October 20, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Public intoxication. On foot. Now, there's a crime worth pursuing. Especially at 5 AM when all the kiddies are going to school. Good grief. I hope these cops are as efficient at enforcement during their next company picnic.

Posted by: DrFish | October 20, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

DrFish, what if he stumbled along the road and got hit by a car? It's the police's duty to enforce all the laws. There's a reason for that.

Posted by: nuzuw | October 20, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

What ever happened to the Andy of Mayberry approach to treating Otis? I agree that you want to keep him from hurting himself, but I don't think it needs to ruin his career. As a non-drinker, I have given friends a ride home when they had a bit too much. Am I guilty of aiding and abetting?

Posted by: OldTimer11 | October 20, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

After all the press items calling out professional athletes for every sort of misbehavior, it's just ridiculous that so many of them still don't get it: By becoming a major league athlete in a marquee sport, and accepting the humongously overinflated compensation that comes with the position, you make yourself a public figure. Everything you do will be scrutinized and will be considered fair game for the press. That's the trade-off, numbheads!

Posted by: nan_lynn | October 20, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse


punt (plural punts)

1. (nautical) A pontoon; a narrow shallow boat propelled by a pole.


to punt (third-person singular simple present punts, present participle punting, simple past and past participle punted)

1. (nautical) To propel a punt or similar craft by means of a pole.

Posted by: i_go_pogo | October 20, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please tell me what crime was committed here? What laws were violated?

Posted by: FrankIBC | October 20, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

This is why the City of Indianapolis is a ultra-conservative backwater: arresting someone for being a shirtless drunk pedestrian. Sounds like the town from Footloose.

Posted by: dc_attorney | October 20, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

The guy didn't break any law!!!!!!!! What do they mean by "legal limit!?" He wasn't Fracking DRIVING!! Nanny state Obama-loving Leftist NAZI #@$#ing tyrants! Leave us alone!@

Posted by: egrib | October 20, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Nice one egrib. Indianapolis is very conservative; so your post makes no sense. You give conservatives a bad image with rants like yours.

There are often laws against public intoxication, even for pedestrians -- and Pat was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Bummer.

Posted by: kabej | October 21, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Twice the legal limit for driving, I'm sure. As for walking, he should be fine. I don't see this as an offense.

@egrib, as for your leftist, Obama rant, that's just plain stupid. It's a conservative area and cops are mostly conservative. sheesh. Blame everybody else eh?

Posted by: bentoenail | October 21, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

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