Mar 11, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcherChad Gaudin
(53) pitches during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The article is pretty damning, as the Giants looked to find some good in their 2013 season, and Chad Gaudin had been doing a stellar job of providing some relief to a struggling roster. Gaudin, a married man since 2011, has been charged with lewdness for his behavior in a hospital on January 27th, 2013 in Las Vegas where:
"“According to police, Gaudin was drunk about 4:30 a.m. when he approached a 23-year-old woman on a gurney at Desert Springs Hospital, three miles east of the Las Vegas Strip.”"
The arresting officer in Las Vegas also had some notes on the how his intoxication was affecting his mental state:
"“I asked Gaudin several times how he ended up at the hospital and each time he told me that he didn’t know,” the officer wrote. “Gaudin appeared to be intoxicated. He had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, trouble standing still, obeying commands, an odor of alcoholic beverages and couldn’t repeat his house number, where he lives, the same way twice in a row.”"
This news is embarrassing for the San Francisco Giants, especially if they knew about it. The ideal situation here is for Chad Gaudin to be given his unconditional release for his actions, but sports have a history of letting me down in these sorts of situations. When the Giants release a statement, we’ll post it on this article.
Update: Chad Gaudin’s lawyer has released a statement:
"“On January 27, 2013, Chad Gaudin was examined in the emergency room of a local hospital while experiencing symptoms believed to be related to acute renal failure due to a condition known as rhabdomyolysis. The symptoms included confusion, dehydration and loss of orientation and/or consciousness. Although he has been accused of improperly touching another hospital patient while on the premises that night, there are differing and exonerating versions of what occurred that have been reported by eye witnesses. Mr. Gaudin denies any unlawful conduct and has been cooperating with the authorities. I am confident that this matter will be resolved in his favor and because it is pending in court there will be no further comment.”"
Of course, if it becomes apparent that Mr. Gaudin’s case is indeed truthful, I will owe him an apology for my reaction to the charge. It is my hope that I will be issuing an apology.