January 24, 2006

Freel’s Charges Dropped

I heard on the radio this afternoon that the charges against Ryan Freel brought as a result of his adventures at the pool hall/sushi bar have been dropped. Marc confirms it, though I can't find it mentioned anywhere else online.

So what will the Reds do with Freel now? Will they make him go through the EAP again? Force him to give up sushi? Require him to compete with Aurilia, Womack, and a half dozen other second baseman hopefuls for playing time?

UPDATE: This was a subhead in this story on the official site:

Charges avoided: A disorderly intoxication charge was dropped against Reds utility player Ryan Freel on Tuesday by the state of Florida, pending the completion of 35 hours of community service and six months without any further incidents.

Freel was arrested in the early-morning hours of Jan. 8 in Tampa after an alleged street corner altercation. It was the 29-year-old's second arrest within a year. He was charged with driving under the influence in Bellevue, Ky., on April 4.

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