At 2:24 a.m. on Friday, August 26th, newly acquired Texas Rangers player Jeremy Jeffress was pulled over by a Dallas police officer. He was subsequently arrested when the officer determined that he was intoxicated. By 5:15 a.m., the 28-year-old athlete was at the Dallas County Jail being booked for driving while intoxicated.
This wasn’t the relief pitcher’s first run-in with the law. As a minor league player, he faced two separate suspensions, one in 2007 and another in 2009, after disobeying the league’s drug rules. Fellow players cite struggles in his personal life as the cause of the turmoil for Jeffress, according to an interview with ABC News. However, the Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels still kept Jeffress from practicing with the team on the Friday following his arrest. Various officials, including some from the MLB, were still looking further into the matter.
A statement released by the Texas Rangers on the day of the incident said only that officials had been made aware of the arrest, but would not comment further until they’d completed their own investigation. Daniels, however, expected Jeffress to be back with the team on Saturday, saying, “I don’t want to minimize the severity of what could’ve happened. Beyond that, we need to get our arms around some more of the specifics regarding the due process.”
Jeffress has only been with the Rangers since August 1st, formerly playing with the Milwaukee Brewers and the Kansas City Royals. The notoriously powerful pitcher had just earned his place as closer this season, and he and his teammates were in the midst of a string of 10 home games. They were expected to trounce most of their opponents easily, considered one of the best teams in the American League and near the front of the pack in the AL West. Daniels says the team will consider the “real-life element” of Jeffress’ DWI charge before making any final decisions about the future of his career with the Rangers.