Baseball: Authorities say Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks has been arrested on charges of driving under the influence.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy saw Jenks’ SUV driving erratically early Friday in Fort Myers, Fla. Jenks has been released on bail.
An arrest report says Jenks, a former resident of Spirit Lake, Idaho, told the deputy he had taken “too many muscle relaxers.” The deputy said Jenks was shaking uncontrollably and had a difficult time speaking.
The report says Jenks (pictured above) also told the deputy he hit another car at a strip club. The deputy found a small amount of damage on his bumper.
The sheriff’s office says the club’s bouncer saw Jenks drive into a pickup truck in the parking lot before driving off.
Jenks faces DUI charges and a hit-and-run charge. Red Sox officials said they were aware of Jenks’ arrest but declined further comment.
“We have been made aware of a situation regarding Bobby Jenks and take such matters seriously,” a team statement said. “We are gathering information.”
New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, when approached by media Friday morning at the team’s complex, said, “You guys must know a lot more than I do. I got a little text.”
Padron would need two years
Clarification: Former SMU quarterback Kyle Padron will not be eligible to play football at Eastern Washington this fall if his application for a medical hardship is rejected by the NCAA.
The NCAA now requires seniors-to-be in Football Bowl Subdivision programs, like Padron at SMU, to have at least two years of eligibility remaining to play at a FCS program like EWU.
A story in Friday’s Spokesman-Review stated that Padron is guaranteed at least one year of playing time, but without the medical hardship, he would have only one year of eligibility and therefore be ineligible.
Padron plans to enroll at EWU for summer classes while awaiting the ruling.
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