Lightning's Ryan Malone arrested on DUI, cocaine charges: Bill Daly releases statement

Eric Hartline / USA TODAY

The NHL's Deputy Commissioner has released a statement regarding the arrest of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone:

We are aware of the situation this morning involving Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone. Under the terms of the collectively bargained joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, Mr. Malone is subject to mandatory evaluation and, if deemed necessary by the Program Doctors, treatment pursuant to the terms of that Program. His future playing status, both in the near term and during the Playoffs, will be determined in accordance the terms of our SABH Program.

Tampa Tribune beat writer Erik Erldensson has a more detailed account of what happened early Saturday morning:

According to arrest reports Malone was observed by officer striking a curb with his vehicle and was pulled over, officer smelled alcohol and conducted a field sobriety test, but Malone refused a breathalyzer. Officer searched Malone and found 1.3 grams of cocaine in Malone's right back pocket. Malone was taken in to custody on DUI charge and conducted breath test, and blew a .112 and .116. via @ErlendssonTBO

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