Khabibulin: busted in Arizona

Robin Brownlee
February 17 2010 02:39PM

Recovering from season-ending back surgery isn't the only challenge facing Nikolai Khabibulin these days. Khabibulin is also in trouble with the law after being charged with driving under the influence and speeding in Scottsdale, Arizona back on Feb. 8.

Here's an account of the charges against Khabibulin, first reported on an Arizona blog, by Curtis Stock of the Edmonton Journal

"Edmonton Oiler goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has been arrested in Arizona on charges of driving under the influence and speeding.

 Khabibulin, who had season-ending back surgery on Jan. 14, was arrested by Scottsdale police on Feb. 8. After agreeing to take the standard Field Sobriety Test as well as consenting to take a blood test, Khabibulin was cited for a blood level alcohol content of .08 or more. He was also charged with exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 miles per hour.

Radar clocked Khabibulin driving his black Ferrari 70 mph in a 45-mph zone, the police report says."

OILERS TIGHT-LIPPED

I put in a phone call to Khabibulin's New York-based agent, Jay Grossman, after the story broke this afternoon, but didn't get a reply from him before posting this.

Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe, in Vancouver for the Olympics, was asked about the situation on Oilers Lunch, hosted by Bob Stauffer.

Said Lowe: "Well, we're just hearing about it ourselves actually, quite frankly unfortunately. So, we really don't have too much to say until we get the full details.

"We've been trying to track down Nikolai, who is, like a lot of guys, or most guys, on a holiday during the Olympics. Hopefully, it's not the case, but if it is confirmed, (we'd) be very disappointed that we're just finding out this way.

"Like I say, we'll just defer any comment until we talk to him ourselves."

Obviously, neither Khabibulin nor Grossman saw fit to contact the Oilers to inform the team of the charges.

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#51 Mitch
February 17 2010, 03:51PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

What is the obligation of the player/agent in this matter? Regardless of whether or not we think he should've told the Oilers, does he have to? Or is there a timeline?

Another question Robin, Do the Oilers have a out if this matter is not disclosed to them during a certain time frame? Maybe Khabi wants out(which would help going forward). Maybe some one from there world class managment staff could answer this, they obviously do all their homework when it comes to offering these documents.

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#52 Lisa McRitchie
February 17 2010, 03:53PM
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@bingofuel

and then I could have happily taken my rental Charger back to the airport and got on my 8am flight to LA to continue the Oilers pain. That would have been great!

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#53 Ender
February 17 2010, 03:53PM
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Ogden Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

I can't believe we burned the nickname 'Rehabibulin' like 2 months too early. Dammit.

No, now it's just twice as appropriate. :-)

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#54 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
February 17 2010, 03:53PM
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Mitch wrote:

Another question Robin, Do the Oilers have a out if this matter is not disclosed to them during a certain time frame? Maybe Khabi wants out(which would help going forward). Maybe some one from there world class managment staff could answer this, they obviously do all their homework when it comes to offering these documents.

I doubt he wants out. There is no way he'd make the kinda money he is to get from us anywhere else in the NHL. Maybe the KHL, but I doubt it.

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#55 Robin Brownlee
February 17 2010, 04:00PM
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Aleslav Smidsky wrote:

right thing to do. he didnt do the right thing by drinking and driving. why would you expect a right thing from him to contact the oilers?

Is Grossman, THE AGENT, accused of DUI? No. He should have called the Oilers, as I suggested. Do you have zero comprehension skills or do you just word things the way you do to piss me off.

What part of the straightforward comment I made is contentious in your mind?

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#56 RossCreekNation
February 17 2010, 04:07PM
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This is the funniest thing I've seen today... a 67 year old man shytkicks a young chap.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQJFv9SMSMQ&feature=player_embedded

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#57 Fjislander
February 17 2010, 04:13PM
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Can the oilers now drop this contract now that he has broken the law.

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#58 Wangtaco
February 17 2010, 04:21PM
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Fjislander wrote:

Can the oilers now drop this contract now that he has broken the law.

It'd have to be defined in the document as a condition that could void the contract, or hold a party in breach of the conditions of the contract. I doubt that an agent, who is probably a lawyer, would agree to such easy outs....but that is pure speculation on my part. If I was a player's rep, I wouldn't suggest my client sign such a contract.

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#59 smiliegirl15
February 17 2010, 04:28PM
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Well on the bright side - if he's healthy enough to be able to drive just a couple short weeks postop, then hopefully he'll be healthy enough to play come the fall.

The Oilers should not be on a holiday right now. There should not be an Olympic break for them. They should be at the rink practicing every day.

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#60 bingofuel
February 17 2010, 04:32PM
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Aleslav Smidsky wrote:

Did you suggest it to THE AGENT or did you just suggest it to us, to what he should have done. Maybe Khabi suggested to THE AGENT not to contact the Oilers. I do not believe he is obligated to let the Oilers in on his personal life. That being said, I do not believe either one of them are obligated to report anything to you.

i just dont understand why you so worked up over this issue and my comment.

Its his life let him live it.

Just about every company I've ever worked for, whether my job function was directly related to it or not, has a policy that employees disclose any and all run-ins with police resulting in charges. It's about reputation management and employee assistance.

Just because Khabibulin's a hockey player doesn't mean he's absolved of such rules.

He's on the team's payroll, and as an NHL and Oilers hockey player, he has to adhere to a code of conduct. I'd imagine that code includes similar clauses to "tell us if you get charged with misdemeanor or felony so we can help you make sure our good names don't get dragged through the mud."

Bulin's agent was negligent. He should have nutted up and got in touch with the Oil immediately.

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#61 Shifty203
February 17 2010, 04:34PM
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tangnt wrote:

If I am not mistaken the US does not consider DUI as a charge that will stop entrance into the US

However Canada does. I wonder what the implication of being a Russian citizen is? As well will Canada let him back in because he was charged in the US?

I'm no lawyer, but as far as I know, you can't travel between us and canada if you have a criminal record, unless you apply and are granted permission from the country you wish to enter, which for normal joe blows can take several years (I know someone who was busted with possesion, not distribution, when they were a teenager and it took 10 years of applying to get into the states for vacation). I would assume a hockey player with cash can get persmission alot quicker than most of us.

Now, in the article though, it clearly says he was only busted for misdemeanors, which I don't believe carry a criminal record.

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#62 Jasmine
February 17 2010, 04:35PM
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Moop wrote:

Hey, if I had to play for the Oilers next year, I'd be drinking too.

This post is classless and uncalled for.

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#63 The Real Scuba Steve
February 17 2010, 04:38PM
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He made bad decision, and he will have to pay whatever the punishment is but he is an Oiler and we should support him when he is on the ice.

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#64 Wanyes bastard child
February 17 2010, 04:40PM
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The Real Scuba Steve wrote:

He made bad decision, and he will have to pay whatever the punishment is but he is an Oiler and we should support him when he is on the ice.

X2

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#65 Jasmine
February 17 2010, 04:41PM
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smiliegirl15 wrote:

Well on the bright side - if he's healthy enough to be able to drive just a couple short weeks postop, then hopefully he'll be healthy enough to play come the fall.

The Oilers should not be on a holiday right now. There should not be an Olympic break for them. They should be at the rink practicing every day.

They're not allowed. The arena is locked and teams can only workout. The team returns on February 24.

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#66 Harlie
February 17 2010, 04:42PM
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~ Yes, finally some Oilers news! ~

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#67 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
February 17 2010, 04:43PM
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Shifty203 wrote:

I'm no lawyer, but as far as I know, you can't travel between us and canada if you have a criminal record, unless you apply and are granted permission from the country you wish to enter, which for normal joe blows can take several years (I know someone who was busted with possesion, not distribution, when they were a teenager and it took 10 years of applying to get into the states for vacation). I would assume a hockey player with cash can get persmission alot quicker than most of us.

Now, in the article though, it clearly says he was only busted for misdemeanors, which I don't believe carry a criminal record.

I'd have to check the rules in that jurisdiction, but here in Manitoba CC (Criminal Code)-253-B is driving over .08, and that gives you a record.

As far as employment is concerned, it's not uncommon for employees to sign contracts with DUI clauses. I work for Manitoba's driver and vehicle licensing division, and DUI is essentially instant termination.

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#68 Wanye
February 17 2010, 04:44PM
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bingofuel wrote:

He was in Phoenix with the team, as the Oil "took on" the Coyotes that night. I was there, and I can't erase it from my memory.

Wait just a damn minute. I forgot you were there bingofuel.

DID YOU GET KHABIBULIN DRUNK YOU SOB??

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#69 tangnt
February 17 2010, 04:44PM
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@Shifty203

yes I believe that is correct. I was thinking back to an earlier time before passports were required to enter the US. However that is all null and void at this point.

However if he is "charged" I wonder what Canada's reaction will be.

I think I read somewhere that there are special considerations that can be granted for individuals whose job required them to cross "borders" of other countries.

Of course having money and the right people in place makes these things go easier as well

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#70 Wanye
February 17 2010, 04:45PM
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rubbertrout wrote:

What happened to Wayne's post with the sweet ride? Wayne you get my email?

I pulled it down off the site. Brownlee's take on it was better - I just wanted to get something up fast. Plus his mug shot is awesome.

Plus I'm scared of Brownlee.

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#71 bingofuel
February 17 2010, 04:47PM
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Wanye wrote:

Wait just a damn minute. I forgot you were there bingofuel.

DID YOU GET KHABIBULIN DRUNK YOU SOB??

~It was totally me. He was just so despondent!~

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#72 Wanye
February 17 2010, 04:48PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

So you mean to tell me he got drunk by himself after the game and not one of the Oilers knew about this?

X 100

You mean to tell us that he got a DUI on the road in Phoenix after an Oilers game in Phoenix and Kevin Lowe didn't know.

Oh OK.

*whistles and rocks back and forth on his heels*

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#73 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
February 17 2010, 04:50PM
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The Real Scuba Steve wrote:

He made bad decision, and he will have to pay whatever the punishment is but he is an Oiler and we should support him when he is on the ice.

false.

i will support the guys who pony up the $40 for a cab instead of risking serious injury etc.

he got lucky.

i will, however, wait until all the facts are out before passing judgement. IF he is found guilty, we can deal with it then.

innocent until proven guilty and all that jazz

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#74 Tracie
February 17 2010, 04:53PM
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@cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan

X2 I agree...I will wait for all the facts to pass judgement but anyone caught drunk driving should be charged with attempted manslaughter! No matter how famous they are!

but you are right! Innocent until proven guilty!

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#75 OilFan
February 17 2010, 04:54PM
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Suprise suprise (Now now, not during the Olympics Sir - WG)

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#76 Moop
February 17 2010, 04:55PM
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Jasmine wrote:

This post is classless and uncalled for.

Well I am sorry if it offended you, but I don't think the comment was off-color enough to warrant it being labeled as "classless and uncalled for". My pretend mom approved of it, at least.

But again, I did not mean to offend anyone by posting it, so I do apologize if that was the effect.

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#77 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
February 17 2010, 04:56PM
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Tracie wrote:

X2 I agree...I will wait for all the facts to pass judgement but anyone caught drunk driving should be charged with attempted manslaughter! No matter how famous they are!

but you are right! Innocent until proven guilty!

Manslaughter is murder without malice or premeditation. You can't intend to commit manslaughter.

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#78 papaburgundy
February 17 2010, 04:57PM
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Well, I am very disappointed with Khabi. Now, he made a mistake, and a very dangerous one, but I think he should be punished to the full extent of the law, and if his licence is taken away forever, he should have to live with it. But whatever his punishment is, he should take that punishment with regret and learn from his mistake. Then he can resume playing hockey and we can all accept him back into the fold and cheer him on when he plays again.

P.S. I love the "Rehabibulin" remark!

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#79 RossC
February 17 2010, 04:57PM
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Jasmine wrote:

This post is classless and uncalled for.

When did humor get banned from ON?

Chill out ma.

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#80 The Real Scuba Steve
February 17 2010, 04:58PM
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Jasmine wrote:

This post is classless and uncalled for.

He is not too far off.

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#81 Tracie
February 17 2010, 04:58PM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

Manslaughter is murder without malice or premeditation. You can't intend to commit manslaughter.

You are right! Attempted murder then!

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#82 OilFan
February 17 2010, 05:07PM
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My twin brother passed away in a drinking and driving accident at 24 just four years ago

I HOPE THEY THROW THE BOOK AT BULIN.

He is a hockey player and a role model to young people, this should not be accepted by the Oilers or NHL.

Attempt murder should be the charge to all DUI offenders.

Of course this is my opinion only.

Everyone please donate to MADD.

THANKS NATION

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#83 Aleslav Smidsky
February 17 2010, 05:09PM
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bingofuel wrote:

Just about every company I've ever worked for, whether my job function was directly related to it or not, has a policy that employees disclose any and all run-ins with police resulting in charges. It's about reputation management and employee assistance.

Just because Khabibulin's a hockey player doesn't mean he's absolved of such rules.

He's on the team's payroll, and as an NHL and Oilers hockey player, he has to adhere to a code of conduct. I'd imagine that code includes similar clauses to "tell us if you get charged with misdemeanor or felony so we can help you make sure our good names don't get dragged through the mud."

Bulin's agent was negligent. He should have nutted up and got in touch with the Oil immediately.

Can I know the reason my post was deleted?

It was quoted in full, so what was the problem with it?

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#84 deepoil
February 17 2010, 05:09PM
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bingofuel wrote:

I know! We could have shutdown Margaritaville!

Saddleranch has $2 beer after the game, and really interesting enhanced waitresses. They also have have price alcohol and appetizers before the game, mangaer LANDON loves drunk customers from Canada.

Guys, you can have one drink in AZ and get an impaired, their is very little crime in Scottsdale / Paradise Valley, so the cops focus on the drunks and speeders - the speed limit on Shea is 50 miles an hour - so you have to be lead footed to get a speedy ticket. This occurred in the early morning after Superbowl, not after the game at Glendale that night.

Driving through photo radar with Alberta plates is a free pass, no worries.

Sherriff Joe wants jailtime for all dui convicts - 10 days in jail with a waiver down to one day (in and out - charles barkley) if you get alcohol counselling.

Here is some interesting reading, first offender.... http://www.dui.com/arizona

AZ does not use breathylzers, just field sobriety tests (FST)and blood.

Sedan service home is about $25 plus tip since Paradise Valley is ground zero for Old Town and Kierland.

It appears by the arrest report

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/pdf/20100217053003749.pdf

that Nik did not have legal representation and was TOO cooperative with officer Patterson.

90% of all dui's in AZ plead guilty, time and due process is what NIK has earned, we all have that right.

Does anyone believe that the Oilers were not in loop, looks like a cover their tracks, as this was not supposed to get out..... Allan Watt is not having a good day, with Lowe having to address this with no time to prepare for damage control.

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#85 rubbertrout
February 17 2010, 05:10PM
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~I think in Russia it is mandatory to slam back a few vodkas before getting behind the wheel of your Yugo. Likely just an honest mistake.~

@Moop

I thought it was funny. Certainly no more off colour than a lot of the stuff we see on the site.

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#86 deepoil
February 17 2010, 05:14PM
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@wanye

Nik got the DUI after Superbowl Sunday, not after the Oiler game.

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#87 Wanye
February 17 2010, 05:16PM
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RossC wrote:

When did humor get banned from ON?

Chill out ma.

CHILL OUT MA!

LOLZ

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#88 Aleslav Smidsky
February 17 2010, 05:16PM
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OilFan wrote:

My twin brother passed away in a drinking and driving accident at 24 just four years ago

I HOPE THEY THROW THE BOOK AT BULIN.

He is a hockey player and a role model to young people, this should not be accepted by the Oilers or NHL.

Attempt murder should be the charge to all DUI offenders.

Of course this is my opinion only.

Everyone please donate to MADD.

THANKS NATION

Is there a book I can throw at you?

GO CANADA, bring home the Gold, Heatley.

Your opinion is OTL.

Why should I donate money to MADD?

Why would you even bring up your brother?

I swear few weeks ago you were the same person who took a comment out of content and stated how you have homosexual friends.

What's next?

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#89 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
February 17 2010, 05:17PM
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@Aleslav Smidsky

Why should I donate money to MADD?

seriously?

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#90 Aleslav Smidsky
February 17 2010, 05:19PM
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@cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan

Yes. Seriously. What's their cause and purpose?

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#91 Wanye
February 17 2010, 05:19PM
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deepoil wrote:

@wanye

Nik got the DUI after Superbowl Sunday, not after the Oiler game.

Ah.

*Get ready for this one*

Thanks DeepOil for both of your posts you have shed light on this for all of us.

EW EW I FEEL ALL SLIMY

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#92 Prince Eugene Principe
February 17 2010, 05:20PM
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Nikolai Khabibulin Khasbeenboozin'

Alley-OOP!

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#93 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
February 17 2010, 05:20PM
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Aleslav Smidsky wrote:

Yes. Seriously. What's their cause and purpose?

mothers against drunk driving is what it stands for.

christ man, google it before looking like an ass

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#94 Archaeologuy
February 17 2010, 05:20PM
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@Aleslav Smidsky

Goodbye

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#95 Aleslav Smidsky
February 17 2010, 05:22PM
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@cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan

I know what is stood for. I believe my question was.....What's their cause and purpose?

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#96 rubbertrout
February 17 2010, 05:22PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Goodbye

We can only wish.

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#97 Aleslav Smidsky
February 17 2010, 05:22PM
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@Archaeologuy

Where you going?

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#98 Archaeologuy
February 17 2010, 05:24PM
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@rubbertrout

Trolls end up booted from this site pretty quickly. He's pushing really hard to get gone. I doubt he'll last the night at this rate.

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#99 Bryzarro World
February 17 2010, 05:25PM
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Ender wrote:

JackBauer wrote:

The bad thing is, the Sheriff of that county is a known douchebag who loves busting celebrities for DUI.

Anyone who is taking drunk drivers off the streets is not a douchebag in my books. He's a freakin' hero.

x2... and anyone who disagrees is a freaking douchebag

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#100 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
February 17 2010, 05:25PM
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Aleslav Smidsky wrote:

I know what is stood for. I believe my question was.....What's their cause and purpose?

google.ca

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