Man from PNC fracas posted to YouTube gets probation
A Friendship man whose confrontation with Pittsburgh police at PNC Park became an Internet sensation will spend two years on probation.
The judge who sentenced Scott Ashley, 42, admonished him for his behavior at the Pirates game April 9, 2011.
"It's not a place to be an (expletive)," Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman, an ardent baseball fan, told Ashley. "It's a place to have a nice time."
Ashley pleaded guilty to one count each of simple assault, resisting arrest and summary harassment. Police zapped Ashley with a Taser and smacked him with batons after he refused their commands to leave the ballpark. A video of the confrontation surfaced on YouTube, where it has been viewed tens of thousands of times.
Cashman also banned Ashley from PNC Park for the duration of his probation and ordered him to have a drug and alcohol evaluation and to undergo random drug screening. He also is to have no contact with any of the PNC Park security officers involved in the incident.
Pittsburgh police Officers Frank Rende and Jeff LaBella said they were pleased with the tongue-lashing Cashman gave Ashley.
"I thought it was great. The judge lectured him pretty hard," Rende said. "I'm just glad it's done. Hopefully people learn from this. It put us in a bad light nationally."
Ashley and his attorney, Fred Rabner, declined to comment after the hearing.
Rabner told the judge that Ashley wasn't proud of the incident.
"It's not the proudest moment of his life. Today he stands before you remorseful," Rabner said.
Ashley did not say anything to the judge except that he was pleading guilty "because I am guilty."
Ashley was dressed in a polo shirt, not his red, white and blue jacket that prompted fans at the game to chant "USA, USA" during the incident.