Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Brandon Guyer's agent speaks
ESPN.com news services
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer didn't know his teammate and roommate Matt Bush had a suspended drivers' license when he let Bush borrow his vehicle the day of an alleged hit-and-run accident, Guyer's agent said, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Bush is being held on more than $1 million bail after his arrest Thursday on multiple drunken driving-related charges and counts of leaving the scene of an injury accident and driving with a suspended license.
Police allege that on Thursday afternoon, Bush struck 72-year-old motorcyclist Tony Tufano from behind and fled the scene. According to police, Bush's blood alcohol level was measured at 0.18, more than twice the limit at which a driver is presumed impaired under Florida law.
Guyer's agent, Jamie Appel, said his client had allowed Bush to borrow his Dodge Durango with the understanding that he would drop off Guyer at the team's training facility in Port Charlotte, Fla., and return to their shared apartment, according to the report.
Appel said Guyer, who has declined comment on the incident, didn't give Bush permission to use the vehicle for anything else that day. "He's an innocent victim," Appel said, according to the Times.
Tufano, who remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit of a Fort Myers hospital, was placed in a medically induced coma Monday and is breathing with the help of a ventilator, according to Tampa-area media reports.
"It's a wait-and-see kind of thing," said Shannon Moore, Tufano's daughter-in-law, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Police have seized the vehicle as evidence and Guyer has cooperated with the authorities, Appel said, according to the report. Guyer, who played in 15 games for the Rays last season, is on the team's 40-man roster and presently assigned to Triple-A Durham.
Bush made his first court appearance on Saturday. His arraignment is scheduled for May 21.
Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman said Sunday that Bush is "not going to play for us again." The 26-year-old right-handed reliever, who also is on the 40-man roster, had been sent down to minor league camp last week.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.