There’s an old saying in Florida that when once your feet set foot in Floridian sand, a part of the state stays with you wherever you go. In new school Florida, that means craziness. From Casey Anthony to Travon Martin to face-eating zombies, we have it all.
Florida Panthers prospect Scott Timmins is the latest example. With only one NHL game for the Panthers this season, the Ontario native proved he has plenty of Florida-styled craziness still with him after being reassigned to the team’s minor league team in another place that shouldn’t have hockey. After a tough home loss in front of nearly 7,000 people and 300 dogs on his team’s annual “Pucks and Paws” night, the frustrated San Antonio Rampage center had a few drinks and went on his own “rampage” on the streets, and homes, of San Antonio.
According to CBS Sports:
Timmins is accused of breaking into the home owned by Benjamin Garza after a night out with teammates at a local bar.
The police report states that when Garza’s wife found Timmins sitting on her couch, she asked him who he was, to which he responded, “Don’t worry about that.”
“He was yelling, ‘What are you doing in my house,'” said Garza. “My wife said, ‘You need to get the hell out of here,'” added Garza. She was able to escape through a back door with her kids.
Everybody has a good woke-up-on-some-random-person’s-futon story, but this one is tough to beat. And then to have the balls to ask the owner of the house you just broke into what she was doing in the house? Classic. Add on the “don’t worry about that” line and it’s an all-time great.
Meanwhile, the owner seemed to overreact just a bit here. Did she really have to “escape” through the back door to protect her children? Sure, I’d probably be pretty upset if a quasi-professional hockey player broke into my house and propped up on my couch. But I’m sure he wasn’t doing anything damaging. She should have just ordered him a pizza and put on Comedy Central. He’d be passed out soon enough.
Lucky for Timmins it was just Mrs. Garza and the kids. Like all good Americans, Mr. Garza protects his house with the good Lord and a gun.
Garza explained to reporter Karen Grace that upon facing Timmins, he told the Panthers prospect, “You’re lucky I wasn’t here because I would’ve put a bullet between your eyes and it would’ve been over for you.
So the story has a happy ending. Instead of a bullet to the head, Timmins only had to spend a night in the Bexar county jail. And, as of now, Timmins hasn’t been suspended. Best of all, somebody actually might have a reason to watch the Rampage as they take on fellow AHL teams like the Rockford IceHogs and Syracuse Crunch.
[via CBS Sports]