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Ex-NFL player Ian Beckles arrested in altercation with police horse

In what is believed to be the first case of ex-NFL lineman-on-horse crime since Alex Karras in Blazing Saddles, touching a police horse got former NFL player and current sports talk radio host Ian Beckles arrested.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Beckles, an offensive lineman for the Buccaneers and Eagles in the 1990s who now hosts a Tampa radio show, was arrested and charged with disorderly intoxication after ignoring a police officer’s orders to leave police horses alone.

According to the police report, Beckles walked into the street in downtown St. Petersburg when an officer asked him to move to the sidewalk. The report says that the officer could smell alcohol on Beckles’ breath, and that Beckles responded to the request to move to the sidewalk by saying, “OK, tough guy,” and slapping the officer on the back.

Police say Beckles then began to heckle officers patrolling the area and started walking toward an officer on horseback. The officer told him to stay away, so he moved on to another horse, and another officer told Beckles, “Don’t touch the horse.”

Beckles then touched the horse. Police arrested him and booked him into the Pinellas County Jail, where he was released on $100 bail less than three hours later.

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40 Responses to “Ex-NFL player Ian Beckles arrested in altercation with police horse”
  1. panamon says: Sep 15, 2012 2:49 PM

    Don’t touch the horse.

  2. f00sballfan says: Sep 15, 2012 2:49 PM

    What he *should have done* was get as close as he could to the horse and started taunting the officer saying “I’m not touching it… I’m not touching it”

    Alas, he was too drunk for such wit.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 15, 2012 2:51 PM

    Whereupon Beckles responded by shouting
    “**** you all, and the horses you rode in on!”.

  4. KIR says: Sep 15, 2012 2:54 PM

    Stay in your place or else!!! lol

  5. kindbass says: Sep 15, 2012 3:02 PM

    “What did you do!?”

    “I only gave him some popcorn!”

    “That horse is a DIABETIC!!”

  6. hummer53 says: Sep 15, 2012 3:17 PM

    What a horses ass.

  7. sullijo1 says: Sep 15, 2012 3:17 PM

    Special delivery for Mongo!

  8. bluebongzilla says: Sep 15, 2012 3:20 PM

    Poor Butter… stuff. CUP! Poor Buttercup!

  9. EJ says: Sep 15, 2012 3:22 PM

    Don’t die Butternuts, I mean Buttercup. The death of an Officer of the law, feeding a diabetic horse popcorn. Idiot.

  10. broncostevenp says: Sep 15, 2012 3:27 PM

    I know Ian personally, and it is hard for me to imagine this story is completely true. He is a pretty good guy.

  11. rasalghoul says: Sep 15, 2012 3:28 PM

    Did anyone else read the title and think that this may have taken place in Tijuana?

  12. learysdisciples says: Sep 15, 2012 3:34 PM

    A horse sh*t call if I’ve ever seen one. Must have been replacement cops.

  13. mazblast says: Sep 15, 2012 3:37 PM

    When a police officer tells you to not do something, DON’T DO IT! How hard is that to understand?

  14. zoxitic says: Sep 15, 2012 3:45 PM

    This gets my vote for funniest headline ever.

  15. icdogg says: Sep 15, 2012 3:50 PM

    Mongo only pawn…in game of life.

  16. wizahdry says: Sep 15, 2012 4:05 PM

    Maybe this incident will take him and Ron Diaz off the air here in Tampa. They are so arrogant and immature on the air and don’t even talk sports half the time. Ian is always talking about how great and manly he is. The guy refers to his house as “the scanktuary”. Ought to tell ya all you need to know about him.

  17. barrywhererufrom says: Sep 15, 2012 4:14 PM

    Really a horse? I wish the horse would of given him a nice boot to this direpectful just keeps on getting more bizarre

  18. webb1081 says: Sep 15, 2012 4:33 PM

    This is the same guy who ends his Friday radio show with “stay outta jail.” someone should take their own advice. just saying.

  19. lakerluver says: Sep 15, 2012 4:34 PM

    Alcohol and stupidity don’t mix.

  20. gbpackman says: Sep 15, 2012 4:39 PM

    Not hardly a reason to be arrested. Funny they keep calling this a free country. Police think they are the Gestapo, like Goodell.

  21. grudenthediva says: Sep 15, 2012 5:07 PM

    Well, packman, there are plenty of flights out of the country. If you feel this way, either get the hell out or, when you really need help, call a crackhead and see where that will get you.

    If the cop says not to do something, even if it seems unreasonable, DON’T DO IT. Don’t give them a reason to throw your ass in jail all because you want to act like a tough guy. Is it REALLY that complicated??

    I love the people who are the first to throw decals on their cars and wear shirts whenever a local officer dies and then, when the pious aura fades, are the first to complain about “Gestapo” cops and police abuse. You can’t have it both ways, girls.

  22. nypd1056 says: Sep 15, 2012 5:14 PM

    Yes it is, you dont mess with a Police Officer’s horse or dog. They are very protective of them.

  23. gcsvp says: Sep 15, 2012 5:15 PM

    Ian is an outstanding guy. I’m sure there is more to this story…

  24. CKL says: Sep 15, 2012 7:22 PM

    Anyone else wish the two teams he had played on were the Colts and the Broncos? Oh the headline possibilities…

  25. toasale says: Sep 15, 2012 7:41 PM

    If only the officer had been able to put a bridle on him and rode and whipped him and spurred him and run his wretched ass into the pavement.

  26. mjkelly77 says: Sep 15, 2012 8:14 PM

    I should’ve rid beyond the title. At least through the first sentence.

  27. jayb0922 says: Sep 15, 2012 8:32 PM

    Irony is he does 3 or 4 fundraisers every year for fallen police officers. You would think they would cut him some slack for such a bs charge. Always speaks highly of police and talks about how if you dont do anything wrong you dont have to worry about police.

  28. 1776vs1984 says: Sep 15, 2012 8:36 PM

    “grudenthediva” must be a fellow revenue generator. perfect example of how ignorance paved the way to tyranny. must be why our right to own firearms is under threat. so ill have to call “grudenisadiva” clones

  29. ericn42000 says: Sep 15, 2012 8:48 PM

    He was just horsing around.

  30. macadamia2010 says: Sep 15, 2012 8:50 PM

    Are we CERTAIN that’s not a pic of Casey Hampton? Guy could be his twin if it’s not.

  31. bigbluefan11 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:09 PM

    Later, they sat around the campfire, eating beans.

  32. thraiderskin says: Sep 15, 2012 9:13 PM

    I’m almost positive the horse started it…

  33. vinceofdarkness says: Sep 15, 2012 11:13 PM

    Love it!!

  34. bobnelsonjr says: Sep 15, 2012 11:43 PM

    I wonder if during his next incident the police office will think after running his record learns the subject has a previous arrest for “inappropriately touching a horse.”

    Imagine a potential employer doing a background check and learning of the arrest for “inappropriately touching a horse.”

    Inappropriately touching a horse is not a good thing to have on your permanent public record.

  35. fabdeezy77 says: Sep 16, 2012 12:44 AM

    Wizahdry there the best sports radio station, just because he knows what he’s talking about he calls it like he sees it. Team Ian

  36. hannahsdaddy says: Sep 16, 2012 2:13 AM

    Are the cops in this story the biggest douschebags you ever heard of? Sounds like he was being an annoying drunk. Back in the day, the cop would have the horse “accidentally” bump into him and knock him down. What’s wrong with the world?

  37. joetoronto says: Sep 16, 2012 7:06 AM

    When you go around looking for trouble, don’t be surprised when you find it.

  38. mmmpierogi says: Sep 16, 2012 11:24 AM

    kindbass says: Sep 15, 2012 3:02 PM

    “What did you do!?”

    “I only gave him some popcorn!”

    “That horse is a DIABETIC!!”


    Who gives a Half Baked reference a thumbs down?

  39. covercorner says: Sep 16, 2012 1:33 PM

    Beckles did not have his glasses on. He thought the horse was his date.

  40. greg285 says: Aug 5, 2013 6:20 PM

    Oh stop it already!!! He had a time
    Limit and couldn’t thank every position coach he’s ever had!! He thanked the Bucs organization and he could and even said that he probably would forget some people and that the omission wasn’t personal!!

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