Cincinnati.com – Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake stopped at a store Monday before the game to pick up a few T-shirts. Cincinnati police and Macy’s security employees, though, say Leake didn’t pay for them. Leake was arrested and booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center on Monday afternoon accused of theft. Leake, 23, of Ludlow, faces misdemeanor charges carrying a maximum jail term of 180 days. Loss prevention employees at the Macy’s Downtown store called police after they said Leake removed security tags from six American Rag T-shirts, valued at $59.88, and walked out of the store without paying for them. The incident was captured by store security cameras, police documents state. Leake was arrested at the 505 Vine St. store at 2 p.m. Monday and booked into the jail at 2:32 p.m. According to records, Leake’s salary is $425,000 for 2011. The pitcher is tentatively scheduled to start for the Reds Thursday against Arizona. Leake was at Great American Ball Park and in uniform Monday night. As for his next start, “you’ll have to address that with Dusty (Baker),” team spokesman Rob Butcher said. The Reds released a statement saying: “On behalf of the Cincinnati Reds organization, at this time we are advised to not publicly address this matter because of the pending legal proceedings. However, we do not condone behavior of the type alleged, which is wholly inconsistent with the principles of this organization and our community and is detrimental to the positive direction we seek to follow. When the legal process has been completed, we will handle this matter internally.” There was also a statement on behalf of Mike Leake which says: “Today, Mike Leake was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of theft from the Macy’s store downtown. 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.” Leake was the Reds’ first-round draft pick in 2009, the eighth selection overall.
Seriously, Cincy? This is the 8th overall pick from a couple years ago, right? Your 23 year-old ace-in-the-making who skipped the minors altogether last year & is off to a 2-0 start this April? A young arm looking to help your hometown Reds build on their surprise 2010 playoff appearance…and you dime him on a few $10 t-shirts? Excuse him for thinking he’s a professional baseball player in his own city. Justice had to be served here? Not a single person involved could finagle some baseline tickets and an autograph in exchange for the shirts back? I mean I could see if it was that fruitcake Bronson Arroyo, but not your future. Are you gonna tell me Joey Votto needs permission to lock a chick in a bathroom and get his dick wet? Brandon Phillips can’t have a hooker in the car and blow a .12 after rolling through a stop sign? What a pussy sports town. No wonder Carson Palmer would rather retire than play another year with the Bengals. Good luck keeping your studs if you’re gonna treat them like common folk.