Man Arrested in Ryan Howard Beer Bottle Incident

Sidney Smith, 21, turned himself in.

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Police have cited and arrested the man they say threw a beer bottle at Ryan Howard during a Phillies game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, June 4th.

Sidney Smith, 21, of Wilmington, Delaware, turned himself in at the South Detective Division on Friday, according to police. He was issued a summary citation for disorderly conduct and released. 

If it really was you, Smith, you should know that fans everywhere are really, really mad at you (though some perhaps are a little more understanding, considering that the bottle was thrown shortly after Howard grounded out to end the game, clinching the Phillies’ 6-3 loss against the Brewers).

Howard has drawn fan ire lately as he is in the final year of a five-year contract has paid him $25M annually; he has been in steady decline since the contract was signed and was benched earlier this season.

Still, many, including Charles Barkley, are angry at the bottle thrower for perpetuating the sour reputation of Philly’s fans.

Smith allegedly left the game shortly after throwing the beer bottle. The Inquirer reports that police say Smith is not the person depicted in an image shared on Twitter that purported to identify the bottle-thrower. There were no injuries (except for maybe Howard’s pride.)

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