Shelia, anyone who thinks JB was drunk during that ride is nuts. That bull has thrown off every other rider, and they weren’t drunk, either.
I was there at Madison Square Garden and saw J.B. hang onto Code Blue, and there is no way in hell a drunk man could do that. Any rider who got on a bull even half-buzzed would be suicidal (even more suicidal than the sober cowboys).
I like single malt whisky myself, but I sure wouldn’t go to a bull riding event high on Laphroaig.
As for those pikers whining about how JB won’t sign autographs or pose for pictures, here’s the reality folks: you are not the center of the universe. Maybe he did those things at the event right before the one you attended, or the one right after it.
The guy does a hard, exhausting, dangerous job, with millions of eyes on him, and a lot of travel involved; he’s away from home a lot, and his family can’t go with him every place he rides. His livelihood depends on focusing on his rides, not being a celebrity or catering to every fan’s wishes. He’s also being groomed for mainstream media appearances, and has to cooperate with the PBR publicity effort.
That’s a tremendous amount of pressure on a 23-year-old (hell, on anyone!) He might be just plain tired of being expected to be a smiley-face wind-up doll 24 hours a day. He’s a human being. He has good days and bad days, like all of us. Some days maybe he just doesn’t feel like dealing with a bunch of strangers all wanting something from him. Give the guy a break!