Man Tasers Wife over Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers Bet

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 6, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 04:  Shea McClellin #99 of the Chicago Bears rushes against David Bakhtiari #69 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 4, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Bears defeated the Packers 27-20.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It's all fun and games until someone gets tasered.

The Daily Citizen's Megan Sheridan reports that John Grant, 42, of Tinley Park, Ill., was arrested and taken into custody for using an electronic stun gun on his wife three times.  

According to the report, Grant, who is a Chicago Bears fan, made a bizarre bet with his wife: If his team beat her beloved Green Bay Packers on Monday night, he would be allowed to shock her with the device. 

ESPN Chicago's John Roberts reports that after the 27-20 Bears victory, these two went outside Sidelines Tap bar in Mayville, Wis., to have a smoke. Both had been drinking at that point, which brings us to the "no duh" portion of the story. 

The wife was recording video of the subsequent tasering and, according to Mayville Police Chief Christopher MacNeill, was laughing when she was tasered twice on the buttocks. However, Grant decided to taser her one more time along her thigh, and she reacted by notifying law enforcement.

MacNeill offered, "You can't make this stuff up." Oh, you could. It's just that nobody would believe you. 

Sheridan reports that text messages between the two reveal the woman did consent to being tasered but did not think her husband would actually go to those lengths.

At this point, I'd like to remind everyone that it really doesn't matter if she agreed to being tasered. You don't bust out a stun gun and use it on your wife, especially over a silly bet. 

Perhaps they should give out pamphlets at the altar upon tying the knot: Love, cherish and never taser each other. 

Sheridan continues with the craziest byproduct of the Bears victory: 

The woman filled out a no consent form prior to the officer speaking with Grant. The form was considered void after reviewing the texts and video. In searching Grant’s semi-truck, police found a black stun gun. He was then taken into custody.

If convicted, Grant faces up to $10,000 in fines and up to six years in prison. Stun guns are illegal in Wisconsin without a conceal and carry permit.

If you guessed that Grant didn't have any such permit, you would be correct. The Bears fan now faces a looming court date for this transgression. 

Look, we all have clever wagers on the line during the season. I know I still have to pay up and take the wife to a fancy dinner at Burger King—at least, I think we settled on Burger King. I'm just going to assume that's the case. 

The key here is to keep things fun for all parties—dinner, concerts, back rubs and the like. As long as you steer clear of domestic violence, you should be fine. 


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