Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has had an up-and-down off-season as he’s worked hard to integrate himself into the LA community, but was also arrested on a reckless driving charge for the second time in eight months.
The 23-year-old outfielder was driving 110 mph in a 70 mph zone in Florida and was with his mom and cousin in the car. Earlier this week, the charges were dropped against Puig as the Florida State Attorney’s office said since he wasn’t weaving in and out of traffic, he was just given a speeding ticket. At the Dodgers “Pitching In The Community” event today, Puig had this to say to Bill Plaschke of the LA Times about his arrest:
I’m here to say I’m sorry to all of Los Angeles, to all the children who look up to me, to everyone who has supported me, he said through an interpreter. I’m so grateful for everyone’s love, I’m so sorry to let them down, and it will never happen again.
At the time of his arrest, Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said Puig was preparing to issue a public apology so it’s unsure if this is that apology. Prior to his run-in with the law, Puig held two clinics at Dodger Stadium for Little Leaguers and has been seen on several occasions at Staples Center to watch the Lakers play.
Not expected to make a contribution in 2013, the Dodgers called on the young outfielder when Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford went down with injuries in early June. In his rookie season, Puig dazzled in the field and helped lead them from worst to first. With all the good came the criticism for overthrowing cutoff men, running into outs and excessively celebrating on the field.
Since the arrest, Puig hired his cousin to drive him around and it sounds like he’s taking the necessary steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
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