Chad Gaudin: Pitcher Charged With Bizarre Lewdness Episode as Season Circles the Bowl
|"Gross lewdness" is an allegation that doesn't look good on the back of a baseball card|
On the field of play, the World Champion San Francisco Giants have hit rock bottom and started to dig. But, oh, things can get worse. How? When your inspirational journeyman spot-starter is charged with groping a woman on a hospital gurney, things get worse.
Chad Gaudin, who has pitched admirably this season in Ryan Vogelsong's absence, likely knew this day was coming. Today the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the 30-year-old right-hander has been charged with "open and gross lewdness" following his unpublicized January arrest at Desert Springs Hospital after a 23-year-old woman claimed he fondled her while she was incapacitated in the emergency room.
The woman alleges the pitcher said she "was gorgeous," and touched her face and breast. A witness notified police Gaudin told the woman "I will take care of you, don't worry about them." Per the police report, Gaudin disregarded a paramedic's order to cease taking care of the woman, leading to a physical confrontation with hospital security.
The police report claims Gaudin was still "yelling and using profanity" when officers arrived, having been subdued by security.
"I asked Gaudin several times how he ended up at the hospital and each time he told me that he didn't know," the report continues. "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."
(One thing Gaudin definitely wasn't doing at the hospital was playing the slots. Desert Springs personnel told SF Weekly there are no one-armed bandits on the premises).
Personnel at the Clark County District Attorney's office declined to comment on the case, or why it required six months for charges to be filed.
Calls to the San Francisco Giants have not yet been returned. Gaudin, who has been married since 2011 and resides in Henderson, Nev., has pitched for eight teams other than the Giants in his 11-season Major League career. He signed with San Francisco in December, shortly before the alleged encounter.
The Giants -- who have been winning games with Washington Generals-like regularity of late -- currently trail the woeful New York Mets, 5-0, in the fifth. Gaudin is next scheduled to start on July 12, at San Diego vs. the Padres.
Opposing fans won't have to grope very hard to come up with interesting things to say.
Update, 3:59 p.m.: You can read the criminal complaint against Gaudin below. The pitcher's attorney, Dominic Gentile, released the following statement:
On January 27, 2013, Chad Gaudin was examined in the emergency room of a local hospital while experiencing symptoms believed to be related to acute renal failure due to a condition known as rhabdomyolysis. The symptoms included confusion, dehydration and loss of orientation and/or consciousness. Although he has been accused of improperly touching another hospital patient while on the premises that night, there are differing and exonerating versions of what occurred that have been reported by eye witnesses. Mr. Gaudin denies any unlawful conduct and has been cooperating with the authorities. I am confident that this matter will be resolved in his favor and because it is pending in court there will be no further comment.