“Momentum Sports Group holds our athletes to the highest standards of ethical conduct and accountability – both on and off the road. Following an internal investigation, we accepted Mr. Summerhill’s resignation from the team, effective immediately. The personal actions of one individual do not represent the values of our dedicated athletes, sponsors or fans, and we offer our sincerest apologies to anyone who may have been impacted.” And with that, cyclist Danny Summerhill was summarily shown the door by Team UnitedHealthcare. What had he done to bring about the “resignation”?
It seems Summerhill was out for a ride back in February and needed to let off a little steam. He was…
seen firing a handgun into a hillside as he rode along South Deer Creek Road, in the rural area south-west of Denver… According to the police report, he was followed by resident Joe Porter after his wife Shawn heard shots while she was fetching her mail, and saw the cyclist firing his gun into a hillside “between two driveways … with a freestanding garage and a vehicle parked in front of it”.
When he was tracked down by a local cop, he . . .
“…initially denied shooting, but then admitted that he had a bad day and need to vent, so he decided to shoot,” the report read. “He confirmed that he had been riding his bicycle in Deer Creek Canyon on a five-hour training ride and had needed to vent before he got back to his vehicle.”
Because what better way to relieve stress than by firing indiscriminately over a residential area? Who hasn’t done that on occasion? (Answer: all responsible gun owners).
He’ll probably be experiencing some more tough days ahead. He “was arraigned in Jefferson County, Colorado on Tuesday on charges of disorderly conduct, discharging a weapon in a public place and reckless endangerment.” Let’s hope he’s found less dangerous outlets for his stress since February.
We imagine that mounting a legal defense is going to significantly impinge on his training time (not to mention his bank balance) in the days and weeks ahead. And there’s a good chance he’ll lose his gun rights from now until the end of time. So for conspicuous stupidity and generally reckless behavior that reflects poorly on all gun owners, Danny Summerhill is our Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day.