Prop Bet Prompted by Alec Baldwin's Parallel Parking Debacle

Kim MacCormack

Monday, November 5, 2018 4:15 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 4:15 PM UTC

Actor Alec Baldwin's passion over a parking space in New York City landed him in trouble and charged with assault. He denies the charges.

May we suggest anger management classes, Alec Baldwin?

The actor, who has a talk show on ABC and appears frequently on “Saturday Night Live” as President Trump, was arrested Friday. He is facing charges of assault and harassment related to an incident where he allegedly hit a man in the face in a dispute over a parking space in front of his home.

Hey we get it. We can’t tell you how many notes we’ve left on cars asking owners if they fornicate (not the word we want to use) better than they park.

Baldwin’s incident drew police attention – and a prop bet on BetOnline (more on that a few paragraphs down).

Police say Baldwin claimed a member of his family was holding the open spot for him and as he was parking his Caddy, a man in a Saab station wagon slipped in and took the spot. Oh, the embarrassment, bettered by a Saab.

If this sounds like a “Seinfeld” episode -- it was. In “The Parking Space,” airing on April 22, 1992, George gets into an all-day argument about parallel parking etiquette when a man slips forward into space on the curb as George was backing into it. Police got involved in that fictitious incident as well.

In the Baldwin incident, according to police, there was yelling and shoving with the Saab driver claiming Baldwin hit him. The man was taken to a hospital due to “jaw pain” and “redness” on or around his neck.

Two hours after the confrontation, police released Baldwin. He’s due in court on Nov. 26.

Baldwin staunchly denied the allegations on Twitter:

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1- Normally, I would not comment on something as egregiously misstated as today’s story.
However, the assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is false.
I wanted to go on the record stating as much.
I realize that it has become a sport to tag people w as many negative

— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) November 2, 2018
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2- negative charges and defaming allegations as possible for the purposes of clickbait entertainment.

Fortunately, no matter how reverberating the echos, it doesn’t make the statements true.

— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) November 2, 2018
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Of course, this isn’t the first time Baldwin’s behavior has been in the news:

  • 2014: Baldwin was arrested after riding his bike the wrong way down a one-way street. He was charged with disorderly conduct.
  • 2011: The actor was escorted off an American Airlines flight when he reportedly became belligerent after a flight attendant asked him to put away his phone – he was playing Words with Friends at the time.
  • 2000-07: During his contentious divorce from actress Kim Bassinger, according to his book “A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce," she denied him access to their daughter Ireland, including blocking visitation and not having phone access . It culminated in an angry voicemail left on Ireland’s phone where he called the 11-year-old a “rude, thoughtless little pig.”

The latest has prompted BetOnline to offer a prop bet on whether the actor will be arrested in 2019. Odds are -140 he will, and +100 he won’t.

Baldwin has always been, uh, passionate, but seems to have mellowed the last few years, especially since marrying Hilaria Thomas, with whom he has four children. That’s why we’re betting on him NOT getting arrested in the New Year. Fingerscrossed.

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