Sunday, January 8, 2006
Reds' Freel faces misdemeanor intoxication charge
TAMPA, Fla. -- Cincinnati Reds utility player Ryan Freel was
arrested on an alcohol-related charge at a pool hall early Sunday,
Police were called to a pool hall in Tampa at 3:35 a.m. and
arrested the 29-year-old Freel, of Jacksonville, on a misdemeanor
disorderly intoxication charge. He was released from Hillsborough
County Jail on Sunday morning after posting $250 bail.
It was Freel's second arrest in nine months. In April, he was
arrested in Bellevue, Ky., on the night the baseball season
started. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the
influence of alcohol, careless driving and having an open container
in a motor vehicle.
On May 10, he pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the
influence of alcohol, and in exchange for his plea, the other
charges were dropped. A judge also suspended Freel's driver's
license for 90 days and assessed fines and court costs totaling
$600. He was required to undergo alcohol evaluation and treatment.
Freel signed a $3 million, two-year contract with the Reds on
Dec. 20. He batted .271 with four homers and 21 RBI in 103 games
last season. He also stole 36 bases and scored 69 runs.
Reds spokesman Rob Butcher said the team does not have all the
information about Freel's arrest and therefore could not comment.