Unfortunately for Vladimir Guerrero the police have been more interested in him this offseason than have Major League Baseball clubs. Yesterday there was a warrant out for Guerrero’s arrest in his native Dominican Republic for “alleged aggression” against a police officer. Later in the day Guerrero and several members of his family surrendered to the police.
According to Rafael Rojas, Guerrero will be charged with physical and verbal assault to an authority. Rojas added that as of yesterday morning Guerrero was being held at a police precinct in Bani.
Beyond Guerrero, the Dominican Today reported that one of his brothers, two of his cousins and a worker were being held for their part in a “melee”. The brawl reportedly took place in a discotheque.
Several community leaders including Guerrero’s brother Wilton have come forward to defend the player’s integrity. These parties denied that Guerrero assaulted the police officer as has been reported.
No team was willing to take a flier on Guerrero before the season began, though he has recently worked out for the Cleveland Indians. Late into the offseason, Guerrero said that if he was unable to reach an agreement with a major league team he would consider moving to Japan to continue his baseball career.