A Texas man who threw a White Claw at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during a parade for the Houston Astros' success in the World Series has gotten off scot-free thanks to a grand jury.
The man, Joseph Arcidiacono, was charged in November with aggravated assault for the incident. In a video, the drink can be seen hurling toward Cruz who is standing aboard a flat truck. Cruz dodges the White Claw and looks on toward his attacker, as reported by Fox News.
“As always I'm thankful for the Houston Police and Capitol Police for their quick action,” Senator Cruz wrote on Twitter following the incident. “I’m also thankful that the clown who threw his White Claw had a noodle for an arm.”
As always I'm thankful for the Houston Police and Capitol Police for their quick action.
I’m also thankful that the clown who threw his White Claw had a noodle for an arm. https://t.co/CRSfNHckA2
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 7, 2022
Following the incident, Arcidiacono's lawyer issued a statement that attempted to explain his client's perspective: “Political violence is never acceptable. What happened at the parade was not political violence nor ‘aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.'”
A statement from Houston attorney Bill Stradley regarding his client Joey Arcidiacono.
The purpose is correct and add some context to publicly shared information regarding Joey's arrest at the Astros 2022 Championship Parade. pic.twitter.com/vaJdC7KJ3c
— Stradley Law Firm (@HoustonCrimLaw) November 9, 2022
“We have seen various videos and understand why Senator Cruz's security detail was alert for potential violence,” the statement read. “Instead, this was an Astros fan trying to toss drinks from his cooler to the Senator during a championship parade and not realizing how it would be perceived until he saw security's reaction.”
“Fans throw cans to people in championship parades all the time, That is a widely known thing. To get them to chug,” it explained. “That was stupid, good fun. This ended up as not fun.”
“Joey apologizes for how his actions alarmed Senator Cruz, his family, and his security detail and put a damper on an otherwise beautiful celebrations for millions of Houstonians,” the lawyers wrote in conclusion. “With this fuller context, we ask for grace and hope Senator Cruz declines to maintain charges.”
With the jury handing down a no-bill for Arcidiacono, it appears that grace was given to the man. Luckily, Senator Cruz was not hurt and the issue has been resolved.
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