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Startling details emerge in Cabrera incident

Posted on: March 9, 2011 8:10 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2011 10:25 pm
 
Cabrera

The Florida state attorney's office released on Wednesday a 41-page report dealing with the incident that saw an intoxicated Miguel Cabrera arrested for driving under the influence and resisting an officer on Feb. 16. Also released was a 911 call along with video, with thesmokinggun.com providing the police report.

Previously, all that was known was Cabrera was discovered on the side of the road next to his disabled Range Rover and was belligerent with officers, requiring handcuffs and several "knee strikes" to get the Tigers slugger to comply.

Wednesday, however, it was revealed that the 27-year-old had an incident prior to his arrest, when he turned up at Cowboys Bar-B-Q & Steak Co. in Ft. Pierce around 10:15 p.m. as the restaurant was being closed. The manager, Fletcher Nail was speaking with an off-duty wildlife officer named Kyle Patterson when Cabrera walked in, reeking of alcohol. Nail and Patterson allege that Cabrera pointed to his shoulder bag while saying "I know all of you, and I will kill all of you and blow this place up."

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Why he was unhappy exactly is unclear, but when you're as drunk as Cabrera was, anything can set you off, including the news that a restaurant is closing for the night.

Nail finally convinced Cabrera to leave, but not before the first baseman said "you don't know me," leaned near his face and said "I will kill you," patting his shoulder bag again.

Then came the altercation with officers on the side of the road, where Cabrera told police to shoot him and drank in front of the officers. "F---ing shoot me. Kill me," Cabrera is reported to have said, before continuing on. "Do you know who I am?" he asked the officers. "I'm Miguel Cabrera. I play for the Detroit Tigers. You don't know my family."

Just sad news all around to hear more of Cabrera's unfortunate night. He is currently undergoing treatment, and a contrite Cabrera addressed the incident days later. He previously had an incident at the end of the 2009 season when he blew a .26 BAC and got in a fight with his wife, necessitating a 911 call. He later apologized for his actions and by all accounts had successfully managed his alcohol problem... until the fateful night of Feb. 16.

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Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Startling details emerge in Cabrera incident

geofitz, I didn't know that about Florida Game Wardens....thanks for the info!  Now I wonder if the "Law Enforcement Officer" mentioned in the article will get any punishement or be front page news for his neglect.  Officers not doing their jobs scares me a lot more than a drunk baseball player.



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Startling details emerge in Cabrera incident

He goes to court the 16th of March.  If you threatened to kill someone you don't need a gun if your 6' 4" and
270 lb.  Drinking in front of cops and driving drunk he should get at least 6 months in jail.

We can only hope - but, realistically, this court date will get delayed and then it will be extended so as not to interfere with the baseball season and then he'll pay big dough to some attorney that will get him probation. Just look at how long it has taken for Barry Bonds to have his day in court... and Roger Clemens, too. MLB needs to step in immediately and discipline this guy and do so severely and swiftly.



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Startling details emerge in Cabrera incident

The Charlie Sheen of the baseball world. How sad for this to happen to a great player.



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Startling details emerge in Cabrera incident

if these alleged incidents are the truth then cabrera has some major issues that need to be addressed before he ends up killing someone while drinking and driving or is drunk and actually follows through with his threats. he denies he has a drinking problem yet to everyone else it is painfully obvious. if i were the tigers organization, i would take this very seriously. good organizations should be more worried about a persons well being than ignoring issues such as these to obtain larger revenue. only time will tell what kind of organization detroit is... 



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:52 am
 

Startling details emerge in Cabrera incident

OK so we know about at least one incident during the post season where drinking "may have" inhibited his on the field play, and now he has this little incident where he was unruly towards the police, had to be manhandled by the police to subdue him, and now we learn that he actually threatened to kill someone.  What's it going to take for MLB to do something about its "stars"?  Come on Commish, stand up and make a statement, where are his team mates, why has no one, especially the ones identified as friends speaking out against all of this and telling him to get the help that he actually needs?  No, instead, let's all hide behind the "he's a good guy", "it was just a bad decision", "he has things under control", "he's really a very quiet man".  What a crock of crap.  Maybe it's time to STAND UP against all this even though he is a menber of the team.



Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:49 am
 

Startling details emerge in Cabrera incident

He goes to court the 16th of March.  If you threatened to kill someone you don't need a gun if your 6' 4" and
270 lb.  Drinking in front of cops and driving drunk he should get at least 6 months in jail.



Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:45 am
 

Startling details emerge in Cabrera incident

Such a sad story.  A piece of sh** Chavez-lover from Venezuela asks the police to shoot him, but they don't do it.  Maybe next time this will have a happier ending. 



Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:30 am
 

Startling details emerge in Cabrera incident

In Florida, Game Wardens are considered "Law Enforcement Officers" and do have arrest powers other than those strictly connected with animals and the outdoors.  They can make traffic stops for example.



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:26 am
 

Startling details emerge in Cabrera incident

Boy how I love America's Game! 

"Take me out to the Strip Club, Take me out into a crowd,

Get me some Ciroc and some girls I can smack

I don't care cuz I ain't ever coming back!

Let me do, do, do whatever I want,

Don't have a worry, someone else will take the blame.

For it's one, two, three shots and I'm out,

And I could careless about the old ball game!!! 

 

 




Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:18 am
 

Startling details emerge in Cabrera incident

MLB needs to take the lead from the NFL and Roger Goodell, and handle Miguel Cabrera the way that Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisgerger, Pacman Jones, and Dante Stallworth and others were disciplined by the NFL. They were suspended and given counseling, and strongly reminded that playing in the league is a PRIVILAGE, not a RIGHT. If Miguel Cabrera wants to continue to earn the privilege of playing in the Major Leagues, then he needs to act in a manner that is not detrimental to the league, its teams, and most importantly (to the League) its reputation and sponsors. Goodell has laid down the law in a sport that is probably more prone to this type of sociopathic behavior. So let's seen if Bud Selig can grow a pair and lay down the law in his League the way Goodell has in his. This report is not reflective of a guy who just tied one on - this is a guy that has deep issues - violent issues, that are deep down inside of him. If the Tigers do not step up to the plate with him - like the Cubs did with Carlos Zambrano - then the League must sit him down and let him earn his way back into the League.


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