MLB News: Chris Perez mugshot released, complaints expected to be filed

Chris and Melanie Perez

Chris and Melanie Perez (via WEWS)

Criminal complaints will be filed against Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez and his wife Melanie, per Scott Taylor of 19 Action News in Cleveland. Taylor reports, via his twitter account, that police have told him that  the charges are going to be for “misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance.”

Despite rumors around Twitter all this week regarding a pound of the marijuana, police say that the amount was 163.9 grams, which equates to over a third of a pound (0.36 lbs.)

While this doesn’t convict Perez, it is not good news. The best hopes for Perez and the Indians had to be that there would be enough doubt that complaints wouldn’t be filed. Many Indians fans and commentators seemed to be putting hopes for Perez to avoid trouble on some reportedly shady history of the home that Perez and his wife rent in Rocky River. As of right now, it doesn’t appear that Perez will avoid charges.

According to NORML, who tracks these sorts of things, the charges for possession and cultivation for between 100 and 200 grams in the state of Ohio is a 4th degree misdemeanor. The penalties are listed as incarceration of “not more than thirty days and/or fine” and the fine amount listed is $250.

What remains to be seen is if there are any other charges relating to the fact that the substances in question allegedly came in the mail which, per reports, was addressed to Brody Baum, the name of Perez’ dog.

[Related: Chris Perez investigation, Tribe struggles, firing umpires and more with TD – WFNY Podcast – 2013-06-05]

  • BenRM

    Misdemeanor possession is a pretty slight charge. Count me as unconcerned.

    Although, Perez really should have taken this golden opportunity to enter into a “mug shot competition” with Desmond Bryant.

  • MrCleaveland

    Perez looks like Paul McCartney in the Let It Be film.

    When I find myself in times of trouble . . .

  • Adam Copeland

    If he actually ordered drugs through the mail, it’s one of the dumbest moves I’ve ever heard of. But if this is the only charge, he probably will get off with a fine and probation given that he’s a first time offender.

    The real question is what, if anything, MLB can do if he’s convicted and/or pleads guilty to receive a lesser sentence. In the NFL, the commish has the power to put the hammer down under the CBA, but I don’t think there’s similar power in MLB.

  • mgbode

    I wonder if he noticed it was a .gov website.

  • JNeids

    Mother Mary (Jane) comes to me…

  • Harv 21

    You must not be married. Put Melanie’s pic first. That’s the look of a wife about to unload as soon as they let her look away. Now look at Chris – he knows what’s coming soon as he posts bond. But for his agent he’d probably opt for an overnight while she cools down a little.

  • MrCleaveland

    Ha haaaaaa, that is an outstanding observation.

    Harv’s en fuego this week.

  • ToxicToast

    The line in the song about the broken hearted people living the world was probably a preemptive Cleveland sports reference.

  • Harv 21

    wish I could write in a Sopranos-style Jersey brogue: “Christaphaw can ya make it through jus’ ONE freakin’ day without bein’ SUCH an id-yit!”

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Maybe he needs for a “condition” we don’t know about yet too.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    His stupidity for using the mail is really the story in the end the story will be much ado about nothing. Especially in light of baseball and it’s ongoing investigation into PEDs.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Harv is Yasiel Puig this week can you say Poster of the week?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    You gave me an idea instead of showing head shots in team uniforms during the announcing of lineups in sports they should use mugshots. It’d be interesting to see especially in football. It’d save the Bengals alot of $$$!

  • Jaker

    Speaking words of wisdom, You Can’t See Me

  • Jaker

    And you want to be my latex salesman…

  • simond

    the guy is self medicating while he’s on the DL, whats the big deal?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    He shoulda done that during his mugshot!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    LoL Jaker is trying to make a late push for poster of the week! Look out Harv.

  • MrCleaveland

    And in my hour of darkness, wifey’s staring daggers right through me . . .

  • Hopwin

    Are.. those Cheetos in his beard?

  • BenRM

    Lonely. I am so lonely…

  • Hopwin

    He might face Federal charges too for using the Postal Service in the commission of a crime.

  • Harv 21

    good. Real good.