July 28, 2022 – According to ESPN, the 35-year-old free agent was arrested at Nashville International Airport on July 25 after he allegedly tried to shoplift and appeared to be a danger to himself. 

Ryan, who most recently played for the Detroit Red Wings, was arrested and released eight hours later, the outlet said. Charges against him were dismissed. 

On Wednesday, Ryan addressed the incident on his Twitter page and expressed his gratitude to those who lent their support to him. 

“Every now and again you’re reminded exactly why social media exists and today is such a good reason,” he wrote to his 19,000 followers. “Thank you guys all from the bottom of my heart. I hate that I’m here, but it’s where I am and I’ll own that.”

Ryan was admitted into the joint NHL/NHLPA assistance program for treatment for alcohol abuse in Nov. 2019, after confirming a dependence on alcohol, Sports Illustrated reported at the time. In his first game back in March 2020, Ryan scored three goals, an emotional moment for the player and for fans.


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