As we all know by now, Miguel Cabrera was arrested on February 16 in Fort Pierce, Florida on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and two counts of resisting arrest. What we have since learned, with the release of the police report from that night, is just how dark of a place Cabrera was in leading up to his arrest.
A copy of the detailed police report was released as part of Florida's public records law. Part of the police report includes a video showing Cabrera in the back of the police car as his arresting officers stand by discussing his erratic behavior.
Included in the text of the police report, is the following account from a bar manager who had a run in with Cabrera prior to being pulled over for drunken driving.
Cabrera entered the Cowboy's Bar-B-Q and Steak Company after the bar's last call, and was asked to leave by the manager, Fletcher Nail. Cabrera reportedly ignored the requests and instead walked up to a table of strangers and began to talk with them. The manager repeated his request for Cabrera to leave the bar, at which point he patted a bag on his shoulder and gave the manager the following reply:
"You don't know me," Cabrera said. "I will kill you. I know all of you and I will kill all of you and blow this place up."
No gun was found in Cabrera's possession at the time of his arrest.
Before his arrest, the police report indicates that Cabrera ignored the officers' requests for him to get off the road. He was walking in circles, and lifting his hands up and down several times. One of the officers is quoted as saying that Cabrera's behavior was so unruly, he was almost forced to use his taser on the ballplayer.
When the officers finally did subdue Cabrera, forcing him to his knees so they could handcuff him, Cabrera cursed at the officers telling them to shoot him.
"(Expletive) shoot me. Kill me," Cabrera was reported as saying according to the smokinggun.com.
Cabrera had to be forced into the back of the police car by one of the officers who had to administer "knee spikes" to Cabrera to force cooperation. Cabrera then further cursed at the officers, according to the police report:
"Do you know who I am?" he asked. "I'm Miguel Cabrera. I play for the Detroit Tigers. You don't know my family."
Police said Cabrera smelled strongly of alcohol, had blood-shot eyes and took a drink from a bottle of James Buchanan's Scotch Whiskey in front of the arresting officers.
Cabrera has since pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, and has publicly apologized for the events of that evening, asking for forgiveness. Cabrera held a press conference on February 24 in which he apologized to the arresting officers and thanked them for their handling of the event.
While details of the plan have not been disclosed, Cabrera has agreed to adhere to a plan devised by Major League Baseball's commissioner's office and the Players Association regarding "alcohol-related-issues." Former major-leaguer, Raul Gonzalez, has been assigned as Cabrera's round-the-clock companion for the program. Gonzalez will remain with Cabrera for the entire season.
The Detroit Tigers are counting on their first baseman to put this distraction aside and contribute to their offense as they hope to compete in the AL Central.
Last season, Cabrera hit .328/.420/.622 with 38 home runs and 126 RBIs. So far this spring, Cabrera is hitting .174/.200/.217 on four hits in 23 at-bats. He has scored two runs and driven in four RBIs.
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