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Astros first-rounder arrested on DUI charge

Posted on: January 16, 2011 1:31 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 7:08 pm
Astros first-rounder Delino DeShields Jr. was arrested in Georgia and charged with DUI, possession of alcohol by a minor and a traffic violation early on Sunday, the Houston Chronicle reports .

The Atlanta native was arrested in Athens-Clarke County, home to the University of Georgia and about an hour east of Atlanta.

DeShields, 18, was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft. He received a $2.15 million signing bonus, the most ever given to an Astros pick.

"It's a police matter and we'll deal with it when appropriate," Astros general manager Ed Wade told the Chronicle .

DeShields was released on $2,500 bond for three misdemeanors.

DeShields is the son of long-time big leaguer Delino DeShields.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans
UPDATE: DeShields, Jr. issued an update on his Facebook page Monday, where he wrote:
"I take the responsibility of being a role model seriously and apologize to my fans and community, who continue to support my family and I during this unfortunate incident. I look forward to putting this matter behind me and sincerely appreciate the respect of privacy during this personal matter."
-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2011 10:10 am

Astros first-rounder arrested on DUI charge

This means nothing.  The kid made a mistake and deserves a chance to get his act together (unless he's had criminal activity before this).  He better get his act together from this point on though.  This is probably why you don't give an 18 year old a 2.15 million dollar signing bonus.  Offering that kind of money to someone who has done nothing on the field is yet another example of how out of control baseball salaries have gotten.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2011 4:06 pm

Astros first-rounder arrested on DUI charge

lol. Read the article dude. This was junior, not senior.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2011 4:02 pm

Astros first-rounder arrested on DUI charge

Great pick there, Wade.

Not only will this guy never become anything remotely worthwhile in the majors, he's garnering bad headlines off the field.  Awesome.

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2011 2:53 pm

Astros first-rounder arrested on DUI charge

     Delino WAS the minor in possession...he's only 18, get it?

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2011 2:10 pm

Astros first-rounder arrested on DUI charge

I really wish I was like that guy who has something to sell here since this is a gross story.  Drinking and drive, shocker.  Minor in car, nice job, Delino.  Your daddy was a good player and you probably should be, but come on man.  A kid in the car and drinking.  Dude, was it a date or something?  Once again, I wish I was that guy who was trying to sell something here.  I just feel sick reading this kind of stuff.  Surprised, no, at none of this.  Many people (I known far too many) who do this on a regular basis (both sides) and thus it is a way of life for some.  Just sick

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