ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Let it not be said Pierre Garçon cannot exercise restraint.
The Washington Redskins wide receiver recently was doused by beer during a WWE Raw broadcast at the Verizon Center — and it wasn’t from one of Stone Cold’s famous Steveweisers.
Garçon got his first taste of live pro wrestling when he joined teammate Adam Carriker and I ringside for the show. About two hours into the broadcast a fan sitting behind us went from simply having a good time to creating a complete drunken debacle a stone’s throw from the announcers table.
“I was getting mad because they were talking about ‘This big guy… I feel like he could eat me.’ He’s talking about me, sitting behind me,” Carriker recalled.
The talking became louder and the comments grew ever more obnoxious as the show rolled on. Each slurred word rattled the eardrums with all the comfort of nails on a chalkboard.
And then it happened.
We were standing and applauding a wrestler entering the ring when what felt like a monsoon of Anheuser Busch’s finest landed squarely on Garçon’s back, thoroughly soaking his shirt. My right sleeve was also caught in the crossfire and became drenched by the wave of liquid barley and hops.
The unruly, tipsy fan tried to apologize and wipe off our seats, which were also beer covered at that point. However, the unsteady man sloshed more beer from his cup onto the cushioned fold up chairs as he tried in soak up the suds. His efforts were in vain.
Garçon, Carriker and I had enough. Perhaps things would have been different had the fan not forgotten his transgression a short time later and walked away to harass another section.
On this day, cooler heads would prevail.
“I couldn’t really do what I wanted to do,” Garçon told Carriker and I on 4th & Pain. “A fan was enjoying the show and he was excited. He had a few drinks too many… It happens. You can’t really let things like that get to you. You’ve just go to walk away from the situation and move on.”
Well, Garçon and Carriker took the high road. I resorted to thievery and stole the man’s beer which he left on his seat when he walked away. I placed it one row ahead and two seats down from where he was sitting.
He never even noticed. Instead, like magic, he made a new beer appear within minutes of his return. This one, however, would not leave his cup in quite the same manner. For his next trick, he actually managed to sip it down properly.
He got into it with a security guard a short time later and that was all she wrote for his evening.
Of course, this was as The Rock was closing the show. So, he really didn’t miss much.
The question is whether or not he remembers any of it.
Despite the beer bath, Garçon, who was an avid wrestling fan growing up, says he still had a great time and would go again.
The next time a player makes headlines for not being able to keep his/her composure, perhaps remember this and trust athletes will ‘do the right thing’ more often than not.