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Saturday, February 1, 2014
Yasiel Puig apologizes to fans

By Mark Saxon
ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig apologized publicly for his most recent reckless driving arrest.

Yasiel Puig
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig apologized publicly Saturday for his most recent reckless driving arrest.

On stage at the team's FanFest on Saturday, Puig was asked by host Alanna Rizzo what he wanted to say to the fans about his recent run-in with a Florida state trooper. Puig, laughing, at first replied, "Nada," the Spanish word for "nothing."

When the laughter subsided, Puig said, "I was driving fast. It was my fault. I'm not ever going to drive fast. Or slow. I now have a driver. I want to apologize to the city of Los Angeles and to these fans. I'm done with speeding."

Puig later declined to speak with reporters.

A reckless driving charge against Puig was dropped by the Florida state attorney's office last week, but he still received a ticket for driving 110 mph in a 70 mph zone. Reckless driving charges stemming from an April arrest in Tennessee for driving 97 mph in a 50 mph zone were dropped in November.

Puig, 23, informed the Dodgers last month that he had hired a cousin to drive him around.

Puig hit .319 with 19 home runs in 104 games for the Dodgers last year, finishing second to Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez in rookie of the year voting.

The Dodgers had urged Puig to make a public apology. He has been front and center in the team's community relations work this winter. He and many of his teammates spent time Friday afternoon at Homeboy Industries, which helps former convicts and gang members return to the mainstream with job training and tattoo removal.