Things aren’t looking so hot for pro-surfer Chris Ward right now. The San Clemente-native was arrested outside of a bar in the late-night/early-morning hours last Tuesday (Jan.8) in Mammoth Lakes, Cali. Ward was allegedly involved in some sort of altercation with three females and is now facing some pretty heavy charges that include assault with a deadly weapon (other than a firearm) and disturbing the peace.
On top of the ongoing criminal investigation, the ASP is now launching it’s own investigation of the evenings events that led to his arrest. They will wait for the pending criminal case to finish up before making any decision. According to ASP Rules and Disciplinary Committee Chairman Robert Gerard, “Any surfer who damages the image of the sporting body, no matter the place or location, is subject to suspension or expulsion from the ASP World Tour.”
Ward strongly denies the allegations. According to Ward, “This whole event has gotten out of hand. I’ve never hit a woman. I was jumped by a bunch of people, and this has become a big misunderstanding. I should be the one pressing charges.”
It’s going to be interesting to see how this one turns out.
Posted by Cameron on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 in Surfing.