Torii Hunter: Angels Star Leaves Team in Wake of Son's Sexual Assault Arrest

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2012

Torii Hunter's Son, Darius. Photo Courtesy of
Torii Hunter's Son, Darius. Photo Courtesy of

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter has been placed on the team's restricted list to deal with his son Darius' arrest in connection to a sexual assault case in Texas, according to a report from the Associated Press

The town of Prosper, Texas, issued a news release announcing 17-year-old Darius McClinton-Hunter of neighboring McKinney, Texas, was arrested Monday in a sexual assault case. The release said Prosper police made five arrests after a month-long investigation of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony.

No timetable has been given for Hunter's return to the team. Angels manager Mike Scoscia was quoted in the same article as saying that "it's a personal matter" and they are "going to go day-to-day, and we'll just see where it is."

Darius lives in Prosper, Texas and played football for the local high school team. The Associated Press report says that he was considered a Division-I prospect, with an interest in the University of Oregon. 

According to the local Dallas-Fort Worth NBC 5 News, the alleged incident was reported about a month ago, and the investigation is still ongoing as the police gather more information. 

Torii, 36, is in the final year of a five-year, $90 million contract that he signed prior to the 2008 season. He is hitting .256 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 33 games played this season.