Bears-Packers Bet Lead To Spousal Taser Use Behind Bar


MAYVILLE, Wis. (UPI) — Police in Wisconsin said a married couple took the Bears-Packers rivalry “to a new level” when the husband used a Taser on his wife as part of a bet.

Mayville police said the wife called authorities Monday night from the Sidelines Tap bar in the town and told officers her husband had used an electrical stun device on her buttocks twice in the alley behind the bar, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.

The husband, John Grant, 42, of Tinley Park, Ill., told officers the Taser incident had been the outcome of a bet the couple had placed on the evening’s football game. Grant said he is a Bears fan and his wife is a Packers fan, and he used the Taser on her because her team was upset by the Bears 27-20.

Grant’s wife told officers she did not give consent, but a video police viewed on her cellphone depicted the woman “laughing and it seemed apparent that Ms. Grant had consented,” police wrote in their report. The couple had been drinking heavily.

Grant was arrested on a charge of felony possession of an electronic weapon.

“It takes not only the Packer and Bear rivalry to a new level, it takes the spousal rivalry [to a new level],” Mayville Police Chief Christopher MacNeill said. “There are couples where the wife is a fan of one team and the husband’s a fan of another team, but this raises the bar a little bit and goes to the extreme.”

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