During the recent Astros World Series victory parade, a beverage can was thrown toward Sen. Ted Cruz from the crowd, with Cruz’s security shielding him from the can and acting quickly to stop the guy who threw the White Claw at him.
At first, it seemed like yet another sad incident of political violence in America as things get crazier and crazier.
However, the 33-year-old man who threw the can, Joey Arcidiacono, is claiming that it wasn’t political violence at all. Rather, according to Joey and his lawyer, he threw the White Claw hard seltzer can because he was hoping Cruz would catch and chug it.
Joey’s lawyer said as much in a statement released to Twitter, saying:
This is a statement on behalf of Astros fan Joey Arcidiacono:
“Political violence is never acceptable. What happened at the parade was not political violence nor ‘aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.’
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We have seen various videos and understand why Senator Cruz’s security detail was alert for potential violence.
Instead, this was an Astros fan trying to toss drinks from his cooler to the Senator during a championship parade and not realizing how it would be perceived until he saw security’s reaction.
The night before the parade, Joey texted a friend, ‘My dream would be to throw one of the players a beer. Doubt it would happen haha but that would be epic’
Many generous, fun, semi-stupid, legendary moments have happened during Astros Championship Parades. Hopefully, many more of those moments will happen in the years to come.
Fans throw cans to people in championship parades all the time. That is a widely known thing. To get them to chug.
Astros pitcher Ryne Stanek set the legendary chugging bar high that day. The Houston Astros official social media account featured him chugging a bear a fan threw to him. That fan posted his own video showing how excited he was it happened.
That was stupid, good fun. This ended up as not fun.
Joey apologizes for how his actions alarmed Senator Cruz, his family, and his security detail and put a damper on an otherwise beautiful celebration for millions of Houstonians. With this fuller context, we ask for grace and hope Senator Cruz declines to maintain charges.
Given the on-going legal process, we have no further comment on this situation, and request others to respect the privacy of Joey and his family. Though, we would like to add, GO ASTROS, CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD!”
A statement from Houston attorney Bill Stradley regarding his client Joey Arcidiacono.
The purpose is correct and add some context to publicly shared information regarding Joey's arrest at the Astros 2022 Championship Parade. pic.twitter.com/vaJdC7KJ3c
— Stradley Law Firm (@HoustonCrimLaw) November 9, 2022
Now it remains to be seen if Ted Cruz buys the explanation and, if so, if he decides to show some understanding and withdraw the charges. Were he feeling especially legendary, he should withdraw charges and then shotgun a beer with Joey when he gets let out of jail. That’d make an awesome clip for a campaign ad and make Cruz seem a bit more…normal. But we’ll have to wait and see what Ted decides to do.