After the news that Yasiel Puig was arrested for reckless driving in Florida Saturday morning, the Dodgers organization released a statement earlier today and now some personnel have added their thoughts.
It’s the second time Puig was arrested for reckless driving and speeding, causing concern for the Dodgers. This time Puig was driving 110 MPH in a 70 MPH zone on a South Florida highway.
According to Bill Plaschke of the LA Times, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti discussed what he said when he spoke to Puig:
I talked to him on the phone and I told him, we want you to have a fulfilling life, but you’ve got to understand that boundaries exist, General Manager Ned Colletti said Sunday. Like it or not, a lot of young people look up to him, and I asked him, what kind of message are you sending them with this?
The team realized last season that Puig is young and in a new country, causing them to hire Tim Bravo to be Puig’s full-time companion. Bravo also added his thoughts on the young outfielder’s problems with the law via Plaschke:
Every day this winter when I wake up, I check the computer to make sure nothing is happening with Yasiel,” said Bravo. He’s still so young, I’m still so concerned for him.
Bravo left the team after the season with a alleged contract dispute and the team didn’t replace him with anyone to look after their superstar outfielder. Puig has been in the news all off-season for good reasons, seen at children’s hospitals and hosting clinics for Little Leaguers at Dodger Stadium. He’s also been in attendance for a few Laker games, sitting with Lakers executive Jeanie Buss.
Puig is slated to be the team’s primary right fielder next season and the Dodgers can’t afford for him to continue to have run-ins with the law.
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