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Colts Punter Swims Drunk in Canal, Gets Arrested – SportsUntapped.com
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Added October 20th, 2010 by Chalk

Colts Punter Swims Drunk in Canal, Gets Arrested
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Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee was arrested around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning on suspicion of public intoxication. The punter was shirtless and soaking wet, with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 percent — nearly twice the legal limit for driving in Indiana. TMZ has audio of a 911 call of a woman who was frightened by the drunken, shirtless punter, as well as the obligatory mugshot.

According to the police report, police asked McAfee how much he’d been drinking, and the punter coyly replied, “A lot because I’m drunk.” They asked him why he was so wet (and risking hypothermia on a 43-degree morning), and he said because “it was raining” which it hadn’t been, then told police his shirt was “in the water.” From that, police concluded McAfee had probably been swimming in a nearby canal, but McAfee said “I’m not sure.”

Police also said McAfee needed help just to stand up and take his breathalyzer.

ESPN points out that McAfee is the third Colts player to be arrested on alcohol-related charges in the past 10 months. Practice squad receiver Raj Smith was stopped for drunk driving in January, then cut by the team at the beginning of September. In August, police found backup defensive lineman John Gill passed out in a ditch and busted him for public intoxication —  a charge that was later dropped.

Obviously it’s difficult for anyone to entertain himself in such a backwater town like Indianapolis.

McAfee is just 23 and in his second year with the Colts, who selected him with a 7th-round pick in the 2009 draft. In 22 NFL games, McAfee has averaged 44.4 yards per punt, placing him 8th among active punters.


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