Former NHL forward Bobby Ryan was arrested at Nashville International Airport on Monday on charges of public intoxication.

According to documents first obtained by Scoop Nashville, airport security apprehended Ryan after he stole unspecified items from a store. Ryan was apparently not in control of his actions, was unaware of his location and “smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage.”

According to Scoop Nashville, the former Ottawa Senator was released with charges dismissed after being detained for eight hours.

Ryan has a complicated past with a history of substance abuse. As a child, Ryan’s father uprooted the family to evade law enforcement following domestic assault accusations, going as far as changing the family name from Stevenson to Ryan.

During the 2019-20 season, Ryan took a leave of absence from the Ottawa Senators for three months to seek extended treatment for his addictions. The forward, who has spoken publicly about his battle with addiction, won the NHL’s Masterton Trophy for preseverance that same season.

Ryan took to Twitter to address the incident, saying he is “embarrassed,” but “shouldn’t be.”

“Today I’m waking up and choosing better,” continued Ryan.

A few hours later, following an outpouring of support on social media, Ryan tweeted again, thanking his fans “from the bottom of his heart.”

Ryan is currently an unrestricted free agent in the NHL. In his career, he has played for the Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings, scoring 261 goals and 866 points.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department did not immediately respond to the Star’s request for comment.

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