MATARAZZO IN AIRPORT SNAFU
Minor scuffle leads to arrest
By Jim Schmaltz
Mike Matarazzo found out the hard way how bracingly tight airport security is in post 9/11 America. The IFBB superstar was at San Francisco Airport on July 3 intending to travel to the small Caribbean island of Antigua for a guest-posing spot, when he discovered that he lacked the necessary documents for international travel. Matarazzo, told by the show's Antigua promoter that the trip didn't require a passport, protested to the airport check-in clerk and the situation deteriorated from there. Matarazzo, never the wilting wallflower, apparently made his point a bit too exuberantly.
"I admit I was quite loud," Matarazzo told FLEXonline. "They called security and then the police, who decided to handcuff me. They put my hands behind my back, which given my size was quite difficult, and as I tried to get into position, I sort of bowled over one of the cops. So they arrested me."
Mad Mazz is an approachable, friendly fellow, but a person unfamiliar with his high-intensity ways may have feared the worst, especially when it comes in the form of 250 pounds of bulging, vein-popping muscle. Considering the jittery nerves of airport personnel these days, it's no surprise that a misunderstanding like this would elicit strong reactions from authorities. Nobody's taking chances these days.
Matarazzo, ever the gregarious professional, didn't take it personally. "They kept me in jail over the weekend, and I ended up signing some autographs for some of my cop fans," he said. Sure, Mike likes to be booked for guest spots, but not in this definition of the term.
Matarazzo paid a nominal fine and was released. No charges will be filed. The incident is closed.
In the future, Mad Mazz vows to resolve conflicts a bit more quietly. "I've learned my lesson," he said. "From now on when I go to the airport, I'll put duct tape over my mouth."