Apparently, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there. Well, not for Chad Gaudin, at least. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Gaudin was arrested in Sin City last January for apparently groping a woman on a gurney at a Las Vegas hospital.
On January 27th, police say that a drunk Gaudin approached a 23-year old woman lying on a gurney in the emergency room lobby of the Desert Springs Hospital. While approaching, the suave-Gaudin told the woman that “she was gorgeous” and then proceeded to touch her face and breast.
As you’d expect, witnesses described Gaudin as belligerent. In fact, after refusing to leave the woman alone, Gaudin needed to be restrained by hospital security until police arrived.
According to the arresting officer, “Gaudin appeared to be intoxicated. He had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, trouble standing still, obeying commands, an odor of alcoholic beverages and couldn’t repeat his house number, where he lives, the same way twice in a row.”
While nothing came of the fondling incident earlier, the Clark County District Attorney’s office has now decided to charge Gaudin with “open and gross lewdness, a gross misdemeanor.”
While certainly Gaudin’s actions are a detriment to the Giants, the greater issue here is that of alcohol abuse and sexual assault. I’m not trying to make a mountain out of a molehill here. That is, I understand that the commercial success of Las Vegas is predicated on encouraging the kind of inebriation exemplified by Gaudin. I can’t help but to feel, however, that Gaudin’s actions are indicative of a larger problem. Which is to say, that he was drunk enough to not only assault a young woman, but to also do so at a hospital at 4:30 a.m. suggests Gaudin has bigger issues than the movement on his fastball.