On Monday, in an unusual story, Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake was arrested for attempting to steal $60 worth of shirts from an area Macy's. Leake, naturally, was embarrassed and apologetic over the whole thing, and on Tuesday, just prior to his arraignment, Leake made a move towards getting his arrest wiped from his record.
Doing so would involve Leake entering the city's diversion program for first offenders. His attorney spoke with the judge about the program, and a May 18 hearing date has been set to determine whether or not Leake is a suitable candidate.
If he is, Leake would admit guilt to his offense and pay a $200 program fee. From there, he would check in with an official on a monthly basis and attend classes, undergo counseling, and/or perform community service. If Leake were able to fulfill all of the program's obligations, the arrest would be erased from his public record.
What will never be erased is the public memory of Major League Baseball player Mike Leake attempting to steal $60 worth of shirts from an area Macy's.