January 3, 2013
'Super drunk' Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan swears off booze
By QMI Agency
Detroit Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan says he's stopped drinking.
And dressing like a purple Teletubby, presumably.
Sheahan, who pleaded guilty to a charge of being "super drunk" while driving (and wearing said Teletubby outfit) last month, told MLive.com that he regrets the incident because it embarrassed his parents and the Red Wings organization. The "super drunk" designation in Michigan is for people charged with DUI who have a blood-alcohol content higher than .17. Sheahan's BAC was .30.
"I haven't drank since, and I'll try to keep it that way for however long I feel like I should," he told MLive.com. "Maybe sometime down the road I can venture back into it, but as of now, I don't feel like there's any room for it.
"It was a terrible decision. I'm paying the consequences for it. There's so much space in my life now to recover from it and make better decisions, and teach people that they don't want to go through something like that."
Sheahan, who's playing with Grand Rapids of the AHL, says he's going to try to prove he's a changed man.
"I guess the fans who all read the news articles and everything, they may just think of me a problem kid who has a drinking problem," he said. "But I'm going to work hard to get myself out there and maybe change those people's minds."