Japanese club back ex-MLB star despite arrest
- Published: 27/12/2012 at 03:46 PM
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Japanese baseball club Rakuten Eagles, who recently signed former US major league star Andruw Jones, say they have no plans to cancel the deal after he was arrested on suspicion of battering his wife.
Andruw Jones while he was at the New York Yankees, on October 13, 2012, for the game with Detroit Tigers. Japanese baseball club Rakuten Eagles, who recently signed US major league star Jones, say they have no plans to cancel the deal after he was arrested on suspicion of battering his wife.
The Curacao-born outfielder, 35, was held early Christmas morning at his home in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, after police were called following a dispute between him and his wife, according to media reports.
He was released on $2,400 bail.
"There is no such possibility for now," Rakuten Eagles public relations director Yoshiki Sato said when asked if the one-year contract, signed earlier this month for an estimated $3.5-million, could be annulled.
"At the moment it is our understanding" that he did not do anything wrong, he told AFP by telephone.
The club said representatives had spoken to Jones, who told them he had continued drinking after a Christmas Eve party and had quarrelled with his wife, who called the police.
Jones, a five-time All Star who has played for five Major League teams including the Atlanta Braves, told them there was no physical assault on his wife, the club said.
In a statement released by the team, Jones said he was sincerely sorry for worrying Rakuten Eagles fans who were looking forward to seeing him play.
Rakuten Eagles president Yozo Tachibana said: "Our baseball club for its part will ask him to be more conscious of his actions and will be more thorough in its management and education."
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