For most golf fans, the 2008 PGA Tour season ended with last month's Tour Championship. (Or, more realistically, the Ryder Cup since the FedEx Cup is basically the unofficial start to the silly season.) Which means that there's not much to talk about until January's Mercedes Championship, or until Tiger Woods decides to tee it up again.
That was the case until about an hour ago, anyway. Thanks to alert FanHouse reader Heather we've learned that John Daly, the Joe Six-Pack of professional sports, has been cuffed, stuffed, poured into an orange jumpsuit and detained.
According to News-Record.com, Daly was held in custody Sunday after police said he was drunk off his arse in a Winston-Salem, NC restaurant. And as if it needs clarification, yeah, it was a Hooters. (Inveterate FanHouse blogger and Winston-Salem-area local, and Hootes regular Will Brinson somehow wasn't on the scene.)
Police officers were called at 2:17 a.m. to the Hooters at 120 Hanes Square Circle on a medical call. When officers arrived, Daly, who had earlier lost consciousness, was being treated by EMS.
Daly "appeared extremely intoxicated and uncooperative," police stated in a news release. Daly repeatedly refused to be escorted to the hospital and was eventually asked to leave the restaurant by workers there.
If this weren't so depressing it would be hilarious. But Daly is 42 years old, not 21, and he has a long history of substance abuse, often played out in public.
Daly spent the night in the can to sober up and was later released. No idea where he goes from here; he's still without his PGA Tour card and he's mentioned playing on the European Tour in 2009. I could climb up on my pedestal and give my "you're going to drink yourself to death" speech, but I'm pretty sure Big John's heard that one a time or 50.
Of course, if the professional golf thing does eventually fall through (which optimistically assumes it already hasn't), there's always the circus. It's good to have a fallback plan, I suppose.
John Daly Goes to Hooters, Gets So Drunk Cops Take Him to Jail to Sober Up originally appeared on Golf FanHouse on 2008-10-29T16:45:00 00:00. Please see our terms for use of feeds.