San Francisco Giants reliever Chad Gaudin was arrested back in January in Las Vegas, but the story of his arrest somehow slipped through the cracks until now. The Las Vegas Review-Journal shared the details of the arrest with us on Wednesday, and they are sure to leave you scratching your head.
According to police, Gaudin was intoxicated at about 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 27 when he approached a woman who was lying on a gurney in the emergency room lobby at Desert Springs Hospital. The 30-year-old pitcher allegedly told the woman “she was gorgeous” and touched her face and breast. He was arrested and charged with open and gross lewdness.
A witness who allegedly saw the exchange said he or she heard Gaudin say, “I will take care of you, don’t worry about them,” before touching the patient’s face, leg and breast. A paramedic also witnessed the incident and told Gaudin to leave her alone, but he refused. Hospital security then held him down until police arrived.
The arresting officer wrote in his report that Gaudin was “still yelling and using profanity” when he arrived on the scene.
“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.”
What the? We have all heard of people acting crazy and getting themselves into trouble in Vegas, but who gropes someone who is in a hospital awaiting treatment? It takes a particular type of person to do something like that — wasted or not.
UPDATE: Gaudin’s attorney Dominic Gentile has provided an interesting excuse for his client’s antics. Via the San Francisco Chronicle’s John Shea:
“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.”