Pro road cyclist Danny Summerhill has left the UnitedHealthcare team after being arraigned on Tuesday for disorderly conduct, discharging a weapon, and reckless endangerment.
Summerhill was riding in a rural area outside Denver, Colorado, in February when he was spotted firing a handgun several times into a hillside by local residents Joe and Shawn Porter, who reportedly confronted the 28-year-old American pro and filed a police report. (Keep up with the latest news about and for cyclists by subscribing to our newsletter.)
According to the Denver Post, Summerhill told a deputy that he was having a bad day and “needed to vent.” Summerhill also reportedly told the officer he didn’t know he was in a residential area and that it was illegal to shoot at the hillside.
According to the police report, Shawn says the area in which Summerhill fired his gun is “between two driveways, with a freestanding garage and a vehicle parked in front of it… with residences on both sides of the road.”
A Colorado native and former under-23 national title-holder in cyclocross, Summerhill’s most recent triumphs include stage wins at the 2017 Tour of Taiwan and Tour of Japan. He joined the UnitedHealthcare team in August 2012 from Team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda, and first raced with UHC at the 2012 USA Pro Challenge.
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UnitedHealthcare team owner Momentum Sports Group issued this statement about Summerhill’s departure:
"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."
Summerhill is scheduled to appear in court July 12 for a pre-trial hearing.
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