UPDATE, FEB. 10, 11:15 A.M.: Guess what I just pulled out of my spam folder? It's apparently a letter from Shane Sheckler's father, Randall A. Sheckler.
The communique begins, “Hey Matt Douche Bag Coker . . .”
If I had nickel!
The full letter, followed by my thoughts, after the jump . . .
Hey Matt Douche Bag Coker,
The facebook you linked is not my son's. Seems that an outstanding
writer such as yourself (not) would realize that we have thousands and
thousands of fakeface book pages.
Thanks for all the love!
Randall A. Sheckler
San Clemente, CA
An e-mail address and phone number were below the city, so it could be confirmed this was Randall A. Sheckler writing and not one of those people who send phony letters–the same misfits who create “fakeface book pages.”
Meanwhile, as the father of three children who managed to make it past age 21 without DUI arrests, I could write something like maybe if one were to pay more attention to his teen than worry about counterfeit links in news blogs, this whole sorry incident may have been avoided. But I won't. That would be easy, and parenting is hard. Instead, I end with this:
Randy and Shane, you are in my thoughts.
Hope that didn't come off douchey.
ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 9, 11:24 A.M.: San Clemente's Shane Sheckler, who appeared on the MTV reality show Life of Ryan, starring his skateboarding-superstar brother Ryan Sheckler, was arrested for DUI this past weekend.
18, was pulled over while behind the wheel of his white GMC truck for
allegedly driving erratically on the streets of San Clemente Saturday
Authorities claim Sheckler displayed clear signs of
intoxication, so he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and booked into a nearby jail. He was released several hours later.
TMZ reports Sheckler is due back in court next month.
He'd appeared on Life of Ryan since its 2007 debut, as most of the action revolved around the Sheckler household, the divorce of his parents, and Ryan spending time with Shane and another younger brother, Kane Sheckler.
After three seasons, the reality show ceased production in 2009. It was later distributed as a DVD box set.
Neither Shane nor Ryan's MySpace, Twitter or Facebook pages make any reference to Saturday's arrest but, ironically, at the top right-hand corner of Shane's Facebook page [Writer's note–Or is it? Read above.] are the words “Driving in California?” over a photo of a black-and-white patrol car.
It's for a car insurance ad.