OT: ESPN host Ryen Russillo arrested for criminal entry while on vacation in WY

Submitted by Sopwith on August 24th, 2017 at 11:55 AM

Yesterday, dedicated ESPN employee Ryen Russillo tried his level best to push the Robert Lee fiasco out of the news cycle.

ESPN executives: "How the fuck is this only Thursday?? This week has lasted a month."

Money quote from SI.com writeup (LINK):

Ryen Russillo, the host of The Russillo Show on ESPN Radio, was arrested in Jackson, Wy., on Wednesday for misdemeanor criminal entry, a charge that is similar in nature to trespassing.

The police were reportedly called by a couple after Russillo entered their condo and refused to leave.​ probable cause affidavit states obtained by the Jackson Hole News & Guide that Russillo was found "lying on the bed in the south bedroom naked except for his pants around his ankles" at around 3:30 a.m.

Before you holier-than-thou types cast stones, who among us hasn't entered someone else's condo uninvited, refused to leave, then passed out naked (except for pants around the ankles)? Judge not, lest you something-something-ESPN.



August 24th, 2017 at 12:01 PM ^

Was going to post yesterday, but did not.  He was on vacation, probably in the same condo complex using Air bnb or something, and went into the wrong unit while blackout drunk.  Sucks, but I really hope he doesn't get fired for it.  It's just a dumb mistake from being somewhere unfamiliar/ pretty loaded.


August 24th, 2017 at 12:00 PM ^

Never heard of this guy, but I haven't watched ESPN for anything other than live games in many years (and before that, only College Gamedday as the additional programming).


August 24th, 2017 at 12:00 PM ^

When you're hammered.

Weird. I thought Russillo was one of the least clownish personalities left at espn.

Glad he (apparently) didn't hurt anyone, and I hope he gets the help he clearly needs.


August 24th, 2017 at 12:04 PM ^

I don't know how much help he "clearly needs." Just needed some friends to be with him while on vacation/ still out at the bar -- I think most of us have been pretty damn blackout before and may not know exactly which room staying in without a little help from others -- I agee though, not at forty something.

I'm not saying he is in the right or didn't take it way too far or anything -- I'm just saying his mistake is at least a feasible one given the circumstances.


August 24th, 2017 at 12:12 PM ^

If a grown man ends up in a stranger's house naked and passed out on the bed, there is probably a substance abuse problem.

Just because this is the first incident where police got involved doesn't mean its his first time being belligerent. You don't go from zero to lost, blackout drunk naked trespassing without underlying issues. It seems crystal clear to me.


August 24th, 2017 at 12:17 PM ^

Agreed -- and I know I'm just assuming -- but I just feel like if it's your first night or so there and you go into 395 instead of 295 or something because you are blackout drunk and unfamiliar with the building, it's not the same as wandering up to a random house down the street.


August 24th, 2017 at 12:49 PM ^

You ever been blackout drunk?

I don't drink much at all now that I am no longer in my 20's.  There is this weird phenomenon, though, that every once in a blue moon I somehow have WAAAY too much to drink.  It's probably happened twice in the last 7-8 years.  The last time I got blackout drunk I almost pulled down a friend's entertainment stand trying to catch myself as I fell...

When you are that drunk, you can shit in a mailbox, fall out of a tree, go back and dry hump the mailbox, go back and dry hump the tree, etc.  None of what you do is really YOU anymore.

I don't have a substance abuse problem.  I drink less than most of my peers.  If you get carried away with alcohol - even once - this kind of stuff can happen.  All that has to happen is the right mix of circumstances that make you have one too many, because once you have had one too many, you're easily able to have 12 too many.  Imagine being an ESPN personality on top of that?  Everyone trying to buy you drinks / shots at the bar.

It's not GOOD what he did.  But it is pretty naive to assume there is alcoholism based on a single stupid night. 




Clarification:  I do not believe I have ever dry humped anything while drunk.


August 24th, 2017 at 1:04 PM ^

But we'll just have to agree to disagree. Drinking and shenanigans is fun in your twenties, but if a grown ass man doesn't know his limit, and loses control to the point where cops need to get involved, I believe that is indicative of a problem.

I just don't share the "boys will be boys" attitude. I think its a lame excuse used to avoid addressing very real issues that include and stretch well beyond relatively harmless shenanigans.


August 24th, 2017 at 12:03 PM ^

For the record, and I'm not one to defend ESPN, but I read this morning that the Robert Lee thing started as a simple discussion, where it was brought up that some trolling and typical internet hive-mind bullshit could precipitate due to recent events and his name. So only then did the powers that be ask Robert Lee if he would rather work another game if given the option, and he said yes he would.

Now back to our regularly scheduled ESPN point-and-laugh.


August 24th, 2017 at 1:51 PM ^

I'm with you.  My natural bias is to side against ESPN in almost anything, but moving an announcer from a UVA/FCS game to a Pittsburgh/FCS game seems like the obvious choice.  If there is some car dealer named Orenthal James Sampson, I'd suggest he sell BMWs, not Fords.


August 24th, 2017 at 12:04 PM ^

screamed in Good Morning Vietnam, " THIS WILL NOT LOOK GOOD ON A RESUME."

Russillo was just speaking with a fellow ESPN staffer on his show a week or two ago that they had avoided serious legal drama up to that point. Well that happy period of life just ended.


August 24th, 2017 at 12:06 PM ^

In college I woke up in a random house, the people were actually pretty cool about it the next morning and thankfully didnt beat my ass or call the cops. They let me sleep in peace and when I woke up they shared their stories. To this day I still think about how ignorant that was and how thankful I am nothing bad happened.


August 24th, 2017 at 12:15 PM ^

I found a college kid in my living room one morning (during my 2nd round of college) and he swore to me he knew the owner of the house. On his way out he asked if he could sleep on the front lawn after he tried eating leaves off one of my trees and the paint on my house.


August 24th, 2017 at 12:18 PM ^

"...the people were actually pretty cool about it the next morning and thankfully didnt beat my ass or call the cops."

But did you notice that your farts never made a sound from that day forward?