From the Reds’ official statement about Mike Leake’s arrest for shoplifting:
“Today, Mike Leake was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of theft from the Macy’s store downtown,” the statement from the club continued. “Right now, he has been advised by his attorney to offer no further statements on this matter. This case will proceed in the justice system, where Mike’s story will be told. Until that time, there will be nothing further from Mike on this episode until the court proceedings have concluded. However, Mike wishes to apologize to his family, the fans, Mr. Castellini, Walt, Dusty, his teammates and the entire Reds organization for this distraction.”
Two things about this:
One, Leake is either really messed up, or slightly less messed up and was just pulling some sort of gag.
Two, who knew you could get a shirt at Macy’s for ten bucks? Apparently Leake removed the tags from six shirts, worth the grand total of $59.88. I need to spend more time at Macy’s.
The maximum sentence for one count of misdemeanor shoplifting is 180 days in jail. I’ll bet Leake doesn’t do a day over 179.