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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. ( )

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 -- 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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Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 9:28 pm

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

UNREAL, I mean really? Really Leake, 59.88 value for a few T-shirts and, you make 425,000 dollars a year plus your signing bonus in 09 for 2.9 million and you have to go steal T-shirts ?  This really shocks me for a young pitcher with such potential to do a moronic thing like this. I mean i know the economy is bad right now and things are tough every where but, i am on disability and would not pull such a stupid stunt as hard up for cash as i am. I had such high hopes for you man but now, now i don't even know if you will still be on the team after this stupidity. Such a tragic thing for this to happen to you dumb ass and, for Reds fans who have a glimmer of hope for a winning team again in Cincinnati. ESPECIALLY for Reds fans who have no control over what you do. They trust you to do the right things when you are off the field and, not act like a dam fool who would walk out of a store after removing tags from merchandise and not paying for it. Well i guess there is just no pleasing spoiled brat young athletes these days. I mean i shouldn't be shocked anymore about the things you guys do now days. I mean, it has become such a common thing to pick up a paper or go to a web site and, read some thing like this about athletes both young and veteran. What the hell are you guys thinking about ? You are not just letting yourselves down but, your team, fans, vendors and everyone else who work hard for or are loyal to the cause of your success. Mike you and all the others like you should think about that before doing such stupid things. Oh well i have thrown in my two cents worth or in this case my $59.88 worth. Maybe you should do some jail time to see how it feels before you end up in Lindsey Lohan's position or worse (just the most recent case in the news for stupidity).


Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 9:16 pm

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

cincy police are not about to arrest a red pitcher without alot of proof

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 8:52 pm

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

what a moron....and im talking about 'honeyya' even more than Leake.  Gawd...the term innocent until proven guilty is a legal term. It has nothing to do with discussions outside the courtroom. So please stop your silly whiney fanboy cryfest....the guy has plenty of money and he shoplifted..that makes him a scum bag and an idiot...period

Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2011 8:36 pm

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

Living here in China the "injustice" system has a "guilty until proven innocent" process. Are all of the members here on CBSsports willing to give up on a much fairer "innocent until proven guilty" and instead adopt a communist approach to justice? Allow Mike to have his day in court and for him to tell his story. For all of you supposed sport fans who are more than willing to give up their free time to watch these millionaires compete, you sure spew a helluva lot of jadedness and not to mention assumptions merely based on the fact that they pursued a career which few succeed at getting and managed to get to the level they're at now. Granted, many ballplayers do take their good fortune of a great lifestyle for granted, we cannot label a whole league of players based on a few players' bad attitudes. It would just be much easier for you to stop paying their salaries by refusing to go to the games at the ballpark and refusing to support the TV networks by viewing the game on TV.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 8:30 pm

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

What a moron. It amazes me, the stupidity of some people.

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 8:13 pm

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

Dont forget his 2.3 MIL signing bonus in 2009!!

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 8:12 pm

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

Im just shocked that he is white

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 8:09 pm

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

Of course he is arrested, he does play in Cincy after all.

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 7:54 pm

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

what a loser.

im so glad he got caught. so glad.

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 7:43 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?
A moron athlete who gets a thrill from it. Same as any non-moron, non-athletes who shoplift. This could just be the first time he was caught, and not the first time he's tried shoplifting. Regardless, it's irrelevant how much money is involved; it just seems like a stupider thing to do based on the disparity between the value of what was stolen and how much he earns.

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