Shaun White: Stone Cold Criminal (Try To Read That While Staring At The Picture Below)
It's been a long standing rule within the hiphop community that if you want to up your reputation (and thus your record sales) you should have some type of run in with the law (preferably of the "getting shot" variation). It's one of the reason 50 Cent has done so well with his career and one of the reason why Brian Austin Green hasn't. Well it looks like that unwritten rule is seeping into all aspects of pop culture including snowboarding, and the one leading the charge is Shaun White according to recent reports. That's because Shaun White was cited by the Breckenridge Police Department this past weekend for his role in "second degree criminal tampering".
Sounds serious huh? I think I remember hearing similar charges in regards to members of the Gambino Crime Family. In those cases it involved wise guys trying to influence jury pools to get them off on charges of racketeering and murder. But as we all know White is in no way involved in La Cosa Nostra and his citation proves so, because what White was accused of tampering with is...get this...a fire extinguisher. Nope no guns, no blood, no corpses, just some gaseous powder that does nothing but save lives and make bears happy.
The citation stems from White's recent trip to the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge (where he was presumably at for the Chevy Grand Prix last week) where, according to reports and security camera footage, "a white male with long red hair" was seen chasing down a female friend in the game room of the resort and eventually pulling a fire extinguisher from the wall, putting it on the ground where a "large cloud of smoke" discharges. The incident gets further Saved By The Bell-like when later that night White was detained by the same police department in connection with a stolen vehicle (though White was later ruled out as a suspect).
Now remember when I wrote "preferably of the 'getting shot' variation" well obviously White didn't read that part of the manual because this type of run in with the law will do nothing for his reputation except possibly...no wait, NOTHING. It actually might have an adverse effect, sort of like when Eddie Murphy got caught soliciting a transvestite or when Kevin Costner came out with 'Waterworld' (man that joke never gets tired...kinda like Kevin Costner's character in 'Waterworld'). Read more about White's newly minted criminal past check out the hilariously straight-forward news report on the incident here (my summary of the events couldn't have been any better).
Tue, 18 Dec 2007 17:41:00 EST