Arrested Boxer Ryan Garcia Faces Vandalism, Banned Substance, and Defamation Accusations – A Roller Coaster 2 Months

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Boxer Ryan Garcia found himself embroiled in a string of legal issues within just two months. The latest incident involves Garcia’s arrest for felony vandalism at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Beverly Hills on Saturday. Reports indicate that Garcia was being held in custody, but was expected to be released later that evening.

TMZ was the first to report Garcia’s arrest, sharing a video of him shirtless and in handcuffs being escorted out of the hotel lobby by police officers. Although Garcia’s face was partially covered by a helmet, his distinctive back tattoos were visible to onlookers.

Eyewitnesses claimed that Garcia had caused damage to hotel property, including his room and hallway. Authorities suspected that Garcia may have been under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the incident, yet he cooperated with law enforcement upon their arrival. In California, causing damage exceeding $400 can lead to a felony charge.

Additionally, Garcia attracted attention earlier in the week when a family member requested a welfare check on him, expressing concerns about his well-being. Despite appearing fine initially, Garcia’s behavior escalated to the point where the hotel staff decided to cut him off from alcohol consumption that night.

This recent arrest adds to a series of bizarre events that Garcia has faced since a significant victory against WBC super lightweight champion Devin Haney. Following the bout, Garcia encountered multiple challenges, including missing weight by 3 pounds and subsequently testing positive for a banned substance.

Although Garcia’s legal team has provided evidence suggesting the positive drug test resulted from tainted supplements, he still faces a potential suspension from the New York State Athletic Commission. Garcia has strongly denied using any banned substances, despite posting perplexing statements like “I will swallow all steroids.”

In addition to his legal troubles, Garcia is also entangled in a brewing defamation lawsuit initiated by Prime Hydration, an energy drink company co-owned by Logan Paul. The lawsuit alleges that Garcia fabricated text messages insinuating Paul’s insensitive remarks regarding the Gaza Strip conflict.

As the whirlwind of legal challenges continues to surround Ryan Garcia, the boxing world awaits further developments and potential repercussions for the young athlete.