Ryan O'Byrne was arrested in Tampa last night for stealing a purse, according to the Tampa Tribune. Tom Kostopoulos, always rallying to his teammates' defense even off the ice, was arrested for resisting an officer without violence. Both have been released on bail. O'Byrne had just been recalled from Hamilton after his rehab assignment for his broken thumb and was expected to play tomorrow night against the Lightning.
The incident took place at the Whiskey Park bar in Tampa, at about 3 AM. Tragically, it does not appear as if Whiskey Park is a strip club. Then we'd have a story.
Rhino claimed the purse was his girlfriend's, while the owner of the purse seemed to disagree. This whole thing seems like just misunderstanding to us, but maybe there will be some sordid story of a love triangle or dead hookers in the bar bathroom or other salacious info to emerge in the coming days. We can only hope.
(H/t fezworth for pointing out the story to us)