Anaheim prosecutors drop charges against ‘Mike V.’


Anaheim Assistant City Attorney Patrick Ahle today informed the lawyer
for professional skateboarder Mike Vallely that the city attorney’s
office has dropped all charges related to an incident at the Honda
Center on November 19, 2009.

In November, Vallely was cited for misdemeanor fighting in public at an
Anaheim Ducks game. The incident occurred after Ducks captain Scott
Niedermayer, in the course of the post-game “three stars” ceremony,
attempted to give his hockey stick to Vallely’s eight-year-old
daughter. A nearby Ducks male fan wrestled the stick away, and refused
to relinquish the stick after he was informed it was meant for
Vallely’s daughter. The ensuing confrontation between Vallely and the
male fan was captured by television cameras and was widely distributed
on YouTube and other websites.

“Patrick Ahle told me he reviewed all the materials and evidence
related to the incident and was dropping all charges against Mike,”
said Vallely’s attorney Allan Stokke of the Santa Ana firm Stokke and
Riddet. “Mike and I appreciate the diligence of Mr. Ahle in searching
for justice for Mike. Mike Vallely was merely defending his daughter
last November from the egregious acts of a Ducks fan. I am strongly
encouraging the Ducks organization to investigate why Mike, who was a
loyal Ducks fan and longtime participant in Ducks promotions, was ever
cited in the first place.”

Said Mike Vallely: “I salute the Anaheim City Attorney’s office for
doing the right thing. Though I regret the uproar over the incident
last November, I felt I had no choice but to stop the aggressive
actions of the Ducks fan who was attempting to steal a gift from Scott
Niedermayer for my daughter. Though I disagree with the official stance
of the Ducks management over this incident, I want to thank all the
Ducks players, employees, and fans who reached out to me and my family
and expressed their support in the wake of this unfortunate incident.”

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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