Michael Mangrum, a 21-year-old wrestler with the Oregon State Beavers, was arrested and charged early Sunday morning with third-degree criminal mischief after getting into a fistfight with a yard light in an apartment complex. To be fair to the young man, it’s a good thing the police report indicated he was intoxicated, because if a person is arrested at 3 o’clock in the morning for an impromptu brawl with an inanimate object and they are found to be stone cold sober, well, that ain’t good. And if this particular yard light was talking some serious smack – which is entirely possible – it most assuredly deserved a severe beatdown.
Further, Mangrum was allegedly confused and thought he was at a different apartment complex, one where a friend of his lives, so you can see that by just sitting there doing what a yard light does, it likely appeared to Mangrum that the yard light was mocking his confusion and disorientation, and that kind of stuff just doesn’t fly with wrestlers.
This isn’t Mangrum’s first go-round with the criminal justice system, either. Via the Corvallis Gazette-Times:
Last year, Mangrum pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree disorderly conduct stemming from a fight that sent one man to the hospital. Mangrum was sentenced to a diversion program but failed to complete it within the designated time period, which resulted in a sentence of one year of probation in March. He also was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and undergo an alcohol evaluation and any recommended treatment.
Yeah, it’s safe to say this arrest will not help matters. But that fact that he totally kicked a yard light’s ass (or bulb?) kind of makes me want to be just like him. I figure all I need is a lobotomy and some tights. Oh, and an irrational hostility towards things that help you see in the dark. Definitely need that.
Mangrum in trouble again [Corvallis Gazette-Times]