Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks, who was recently arrested on five misdemeanor charges, DUI being the primary among them, has issued an official apology through the team.
“I am embarrassed by the situation and apologize to my teammates and to the Red Sox organization for any distractions I may have caused,” the 31-year-old right-hander said. “I still need to let the legal process run its course and until it does, I will not be able to make any further comment.”
According to a report by CBS, Jenks was taken into custody early Friday morning in Florida for DUI after he was seen “driving all over the roadway.”
The report added that Jenks struck two vehicles with his Mercedes-Benz SUV and – upon being arrested – told officers at the scene that he had taken too many muscle relaxers. The arresting deputy also said Jenks was shaking uncontrollably and had a difficult time speaking.
He was charged with driving under the influence, damaging property and leaving the scene of a crash. He is tentatively scheduled to appear in court on April 9.
Jenks, who signed a two-year, $12-million contract with Boston in December of 2010, pitched in just 19 games for the team last year, posting a career worsts in ERA (6.32) and WHIP (2.234).
For his career, Bobby Jenks is holding down a 3.53 ERA with 173 saves.
Bobby Jenks DUI arrest marks the 2nd time in the past few days that a MLB pitcher has been busted for driving under the influence.
On Thusrday, Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Matt Bush
was arrested and charged with DUI in a hit-and-run crash that injured a motorcyclist in southwest Florida.