Sergio Romo was on the hill to close out the San Francisco Giants' second World Series title in three years against the Detroit Tigers in 2012. The closer has been in the headlines again recently—but for the wrong reasons.
UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 4, at 8:04 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Encouraging news for Sergio Romo as the Giants pitcher will not be charged following his incident last month, according to TMZ's Staff.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo... will NOT be charged following his recent Vegas bust, TMZ has learned...
...A rep for the Clark County District Attorney's office tells us ... Romo will NOT be charged due to a 'lack of prosecutorial resources.'
The rep explains, 'We simply do not have the manpower or resources to go forward on every case ... and must weigh the value, provability, and seriousness of each case accordingly.'
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Romo was cited and detained after an alleged incident with a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer. TMZ.com broke the news of the altercation, which reportedly occurred on New Year's Day at the Las Vegas Airport:
[Romo] was detained by cops because he couldn't provide the proper ID to clear security.
We're told Romo then got into it with a TSA agent -- becoming "angry and aggressive." Cops then swooped in and cuffed him.
Romo was taken to the police station at the airport, where he was cited for violating airport rules and then released. Romo was not allowed to fly following the incident, and was subsequently escorted off airport grounds.
UPDATE: Thursday, January 3 at 10:55 p.m. ET
Romo has apologized for his conduct in an official statement released through the Giants, as documented by CBSSports.com's Matt Snyder.
I would like to sincerely apologize about the recent events at the Las Vegas airport which brought negative attention to the San Francisco Giants organization and its fans. I love and respect the Giants, my teammates and our fans and promise to conduct myself in the future in the San Francisco Giants Way.
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The report notes that Romo appeared to be under the influence, which is what was presumed to be at least partially to blame for the confrontation.
Despite the serious nature of the arrest, it's hard to ignore the irony involved considering Romo attended the Giants' World Series parade wearing a t-shirt that read "I just look illegal."
The Transportation Security Administration is a government agency as part of the George W. Bush-created Department of Homeland Security. The program has produced plenty of controversy with its full body scanners and pat-down techniques.
Although not exactly physically imposing at 5'10" and 183 pounds, if Romo was under the influence and became aggressive with one of the working officers, it's not hard to see how this could have escalated quickly. There isn't much tolerance for misbehavior in an airport security situation.
The 29-year-old Romo was lights out in the postseason, posting a 1-0 record with a 0.84 ERA and converting all four of his save opportunities. He is a valuable member of the Giants bullpen, and proved to be an extremely reliable closer in place of the injured Brian Wilson.
San Francisco will definitely count on Romo's ninth-inning services in the years to come, and this incident should only prove to be a minor blip on the radar. Nevertheless, this news isn't likely to make the Giants organization very pleased.