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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: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

Well this Phillies fan has sympathy for the Reds fans if they were counting on this guy, this year.  Wow--the Math Majors above beat me to the number crunching.  But somebody who's pulling down $19, 479.17 per month (after taxes and FICA) really ought to be able to afford whatever apparel catches his eye.  Let's see, how would Roger Goodell handle one like this?  Too bad, it looks like this kid was a contributor. I guess the Cincy FO is embarassed.  Maybe one of them will give Mike Leake the kick in the keester he deserves.



Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

I love how you say

"philsfan1: just when i thought that u cant get anymore stupid than leake, here u come w/ the moron post of the year. i expect nothing less from phili fans."


but I bet he can spell SPEECHless =)



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

Agree 100%.......these hillbillies do not understand the human psyche like US.
They are more concerned about bangin that new sheep just brought in from ALabama Tongue out



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

How do you spell LOSER?  L-E-A-K-E



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

philsfan1: just when i thought that u cant get anymore stupid than leake, here u come w/ the moron post of the year. i expect nothing less from phili fans.



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

lmao do u have any idea how stupid u just made yourself look?




Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

i mean really, how the hell to do u explain this? this is just wrong in so many ways that im speachless.




Since: Apr 18, 2011
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

LaughingLove that line!


philsfan1
Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:51 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Reds' starting pitcher Leake arrested for theft

This guy makes over $400,000 a year and is shoplifting $360 worth of merchandise? Classy guy.


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