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Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 7:38 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Mike Leake has been arrested by Cincinnati police on suspicion of theft. (Cincinnati.com )

Leake, 23, is alleged to have taken six American Rag shirts valued at $59.88 total from Macy's department store in Cincinnati. Security cameras reportedly caught him removing tags from several shirts and attemping to leave the store without paying for them. He was arrested just two hours before the Reds pitchers were expected to arrive at Great American Ball Park to ready for a game against the Pirates Monday night.

He has been booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center. If convicted of theft, the sentence would be a misdemeanor that carried a maximum of 180 days in jail. Leake will make $425,000 this season as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

Leake was the eighth overall pick in the 2009 draft and went directly to the majors for the start of the 2010 season. He was the 21st player to do so since 1965. He got out to a hot start but cooled later in the season, ending 8-4 with a 4.23 ERA. With a few injuries to expected starting pitchers, he has rejoined the rotation for this season. He's 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts.

Considering the incident just happened a few hours ago, it's hard to say how this event will affect his standing with the team.

There is a copy of the police report available on Cincinnati.com -- where Leake said the address of his employer is "Reds Stadium."

The Reds have released the following statement:

"On behalf of the Cincinnati Reds organization, at this time we are advised to not publicly address this matter because of the pending legal proceedings. However, we do not condone behavior of the type alleged, which is wholly inconsistent with the principles of this organization and our community and is detrimental to the positive direction we seek to follow. When the legal process has been completed, we will handle this matter internally."

Also, there's been a statement released on behalf of Leake. Here it is:

"Today, Mike Leake was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of theft from the Macy’s store downtown. Right now, he has been advised by his attorney to offer no further statements on this matter. This case will proceed in the justice system, where Mike’s story will be told. Until that time, there will be nothing further from Mike on this episode until the court proceedings have concluded. However, Mike wishes to apologize to his family, the fans, Mr. Castellini, [general manager] Walt [Jocketty], [manager] Dusty [Baker], his teammates and the entire Reds organization for this distraction."

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Comments

Since: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

ID IO  T Error


What was he thinking ?


he wasnt .



Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

MORON!

Nothing else needs to be said.



Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

Only a pitcher could take the "steal" sign literally.  Or was it the "take" sign?  Either way, Mike Leake is an IDIOT!


My nominee for post of the year.  Thanks for the laugh Colts-Illini.



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:17 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

Making hundreds of thousands a year and you have to steal $60 worth of stuff at Macy's? Please tell me this was done on a dare or something stupid, because this is just stupid. 



Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

We just found Wynona Ryder's half brother.  Dumb ass!



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:11 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

It being on $59 is a good thing considering it will just be a misdemenor. The charge will be dropped and he'll get slapped with a fine. Needless to say though, he's a complete idiot. What kind of moron athlete making almost half a million a year decides to shoplift?



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

 You make 425,000.00 for playing a game, and you still feel the need to shoplift??



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

what a dumbass $59 bucks in goods?? come on... at least if, you'll steal, do it well, remove anti-theft insurance.... he is just another dumbas trying to steal without how to do it...



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

Only a pitcher could take the "steal" sign literally.  Or was it the "take" sign?  Either way, Mike Leake is an IDIOT!


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