Three days ago Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake was arrested for stealing $59.88 worth of merchandise from a local Macy’s. The Reds decided to leave Leake in his scheduled start for pitching against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday. Leake went out and pitched pretty well, surrendering three runs in seven innings for a 7-4 Reds win and his third on the season.
The heckling over his shoplifting expericene didn’t end just in the sports headlines as we learned from his teammate Brandon Phillips, who was impressed with Leake’s composure.
“I really tip my cap off to him. He went out there, he did his job regardless of what happened or whatever, but you know – I love him to death but it feels good for him to steal a win like that.”
Phillips didn’t make an accidental pun either as he instantly started to crack up as soon as he finished saying it.
The St. Louis Cardinals are gearing up for a three game series this weekend against the Cincinnati Reds and the redbird fans are rolling out tee shirts taking a jab at recently arrested pitcher Mike Leake, who stole $59.88 merchandise from Macy’s. Unfortunately Leake is pitching today and is not scheduled to make an appearance in the series.
Yesterday on Twitter, we posted the news that Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake being arrested for theft at a local Macy’s and then later this morning we posted the report of it all. Now we have learned some addition information form the incident as Leake, who in 2009 signed a signing bonus for $2.7 million and is scheduled to make $425,00 this season, stole $59.88 worth of merchandise but had $250 in cash on him and several major credit cards.
Leake’s attorney is trying to get him into the first-time offender diversion program that could result in his record being wiped clean if he completes all said provisions by the court.
But does Leake have a serious problem more than just an isolated incident is one the Reds might really want to focus in on and instead of trying to clean records.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake was arrested on Monday and accused of theft after stealing $59.88 from a Cincinnati Macy’s. The 23-year-old was said to have been taken to jail at 2:32 p.m. by Cincinnati police after Macy’s employees stopped him claiming that he took property from the store. Leake is accused of stealing six American Rag T-shirts from the story, removing the security tax and leaving the store without paying for them. According to police, Leake was caught on the security cameras leaving the store without paying for merchandise and he faces a misdemeanor charge.
He is 2-0 this season and has a 5.50 ERA and is making $450,000 this season after signing a $2.7 million bonus out of Arizona State University.