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Cabrera may enter rehab program

Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:28 am
Edited on: February 19, 2011 11:34 am
 
Dave Dombrowski Tigers position players are scheduled to report to camp today, but Miguel Cabrera won't be among them.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski, pictured, said Saturday that Cabrera would be out for an "unspecified" amount of time. Cabrera will be assessed by doctors under the direction of Major League Baseball following his recent DUI arrest.

"Any time you deal with alcoholism," Dombrowski told reporters, including MLive.com , "… it's really an on-going battle."

Cabrera has had his problems with alcoholism, but wouldn't label himself an alcoholic last season when he said he'd quit drinking.

Dombrowski said he wouldn't rule out Cabrera entering a rehab program before reporting to the Tigers. However, he didn't foresee a suspension.

"I don't set the program," Dombrowski said. "The regular season is a ways away. Most are 30-day programs."

Cabrera could still be ready for the regular-season opener on March 31.

According to Dombrowski, Cabrera was traveling from his south Florida home to Lakeland when his Land Rover broke down, which is why he was standing by his vehicle when the police came across him. The general manager also said Cabrera is "very down" and wishes he were at camp.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Cabrera may enter rehab program

Your forgetting the other problem is that he broke the law and probaly should go to jail. Everybody makes mistakes but without consequences to the mistakes it makes it easier to make them again. Drunk driving kills a lot of innocent people everywhere everyday. I don't know if this is his first one but he's been in trouble before for drinking. (domestic abuse) I am a fan of his and I planned on drafting him in all my fantasy leauges that I could but why should he get off when you or I wouldn't.



Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Cabrera may enter rehab program

What great players haven't had substance or some other addiction issues?  Pete Rose and Ty Cobb gambled.  Babe Ruth was a lush.  Barry Bonds couldn't refrain from performance enhancing drugs whether a lip balm or shooting them in his ass.  Even religion can be an opiate of sorts.  I guess we'll see some good baseball as usual from Miguel when he does p.c. thing and goes through rehab as a form of penance for his "sins".  These guys are human and are fallible no matter how good they might hit a baseball.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 10:58 am
 

Cabrera may enter rehab program

With the money Cabrera has to spend on the best attorneys, and the fact that he wasn't in the driver seat  leads me to believe he will plea bargain to a public intoxication charge.

Yeah, I wouldn't be at all surprised if that's the case; especially if he enters a treatment program voluntarily.  My comment was geared more toward the idea that there is no basis for an arrest in the first place.  I think there is definitely probable cause for an arrest and I think there could well be enough evidence for a conviction if the case was pursued.  That's not to say that it will be.



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2011 12:45 am
 

Cabrera may enter rehab program


As for whether there is enough evidence to arrest and convict him... None of us were there but from what I've read I think there's enough
With the money Cabrera has to spend on the best attorneys, and the fact that he wasn't in the driver seat  leads me to believe he will plea bargain to a public intoxication charge. Florida is an athlete friendly state, remember Tiger Woods wasnt charged and everybody knows he was on something when he crashed his truck..........barefoot!




Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Cabrera may enter rehab program

"magical bearded sky-men"

Thats the name of my next fantasy team!




Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Cabrera may enter rehab program

Wait a second, if he was "standing by his vehicle" like Dombrowski says then the police cannot charge him with DUI since he was not in actual physical control of the vehicle at the time they discovered him on the side of the road. They can only do so if he is in the vehicle in the driver's seat while it is parked or when he is driving.
Yes, they can.  If the facts of the case show that there was probable cause to believe Cabrera was driving under the influence of alcohol he can be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.  It happens every day.

If a person is caught running from a burglarized business with property stolen from the business, he will be arrested for burglary even if he wasn't caught in the act of burglarizing the business.  It's the same concept.

As for whether there is enough evidence to arrest and convict him... None of us were there but from what I've read I think there's enough.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Cabrera may enter rehab program

Wait a second, if he was "standing by his vehicle" like Dombrowski says then the police cannot charge him with DUI since he was not in actual physical control of the vehicle at the time they discovered him on the side of the road. They can only do so if he is in the vehicle in the driver's seat while it is parked or when he is driving. These reports are very sketchy and an attorney will eat at them until the truth is found out.



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Cabrera may enter rehab program

The law has never required that one be behind the wheel and moving the vehicle in order to be charged with DUI. Sitting in the driver's seat, keys in your pocket, on a public road is enough.

The thing I wanted to mention is the difference between chronic, everyday over-consumption of alcohol and binge drinking. Binge drinkers generally do not consider themselves to be "alcoholics", as they can go several days, weeks or even months between binges. Considering "alcoholism" is essentially undefinable as a medical term, it's hard to prove them wrong. Throw in the fact that most alcohol treatment in this country is based on magical bearded sky-men, and you see the problem.

Even a cursory look at the psychological, epidemilogical and biological literature on alcohol illustrates that there is absolutely no consensus on how it affects the body, brain, genes and so on. It is obvious that Miggy has at least a problem with binge drinking and that is something that can be addressed through counciling. Throwing around words like "disease" and "sickness" don't much help when there isn't any academic consesnsus on whether or not that is actually the case.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Cabrera may enter rehab program

how do you charge someone with DUI "Driving Under the Influence" and the keyword here is driving if they found him standing next to his vehicle broken down on the side of the road ?? Again the keyword here is "Driving" and he was not seen driving just standing next to the truck !!!!!
Are you serious, SloPlay?  How did Cabrera and his truck get there in the first place?  I don't think anybody is going to buy the story that he pushed his Land Rover out on to the highway and stopped to have a drink and, therefore, he wasn't really drinking and driving.  You're trying to get cute and split hairs and it comes across like some a-hole lawyer trick to throw out the charges because what the charge is doesn't exactly match up with what Cabrera was found doing.  If this trick worked, you couldn't charge anyone unless you saw them with bottle to mouth and the vehicle in motion.  Get real!



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Cabrera may enter rehab program

He didn't teleport there.


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