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BREAKING: Former NHL 1st Overall Pick Arrested After Mess of a Night

Published August 5, 2023 at 3:58 PM

Former NHL first overall pick Bryan Berard made headlines following a bar incident in Newport, Rhode Island.

The altercation, captured on video, led to Berard's arrest on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Despite the situation, Berard remains hopeful that the charges will be dropped, stating it was a misunderstanding.

Former Blue Jacket and #1 overall pick of the Ottawa Senators Bryan Berard was arrested on July 30th. According to reports, Berard is alleged to have been in a bar fight in Newport, Rhode Island, Berard's home state.

According to the Newport Daily News, a video shows Berard having a conversation with another man ending with the two men hugging and then walking away. The other man pushes Berard in the back and then Berard grabs the man by the shirt, and that's how the event starts. According to police, he did not know who Berard was and that he came up to the unnamed man and told him to «settle down,» right before the fight started.

The police report also says that Berard continued to swing his arms as an officer tried to handcuff him and take him out of the bar. Bryan Berard would be charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He has an initial court date set for August 9th.

In the incident, Berard was allegedly involved in a bar fight with another man. The police report mentions that the altercation started after the other man pushed Berard in the back, to which Berard responded by grabbing the man's shirt. The unnamed man claimed he did not recognize Berard and that Berard approached him, telling him to "settle down."

This isn't Berard's first encounter with controversy, as he previously tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2006, resulting in a two-year ban from international play. His court date for the recent incident is set for August 9th.
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