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MLB News: Indians’ Perez gets probation, $250 fine for marijuana arrest

chris perez courtCleveland Indians closer Chris Perez changed his plea from not guilty to no contest on a charge of drug abuse— a fourth-degree misdemeanor—and received one year probation and a $250 fine stemming from his marijuana-based arrest earlier this summer.

WKYC Cleveland reports that Perez was also ordered by the judge to speak to local youth about the “peril of marijuana.” Perez’ wife, Melanie, will be offered the opportunity to plea on a minor misdemeanor drug charge, which carries a maximum fine of $150 with no probation attached.

Perez and his wife were charged with criminal complaints this past June. Two packages were allegedly shipped to the Perez residence in Rocky River, Ohio. Both packages, containing marijuana, were addressed to Brody Baum, the name of the Perez family dog, and were accepted by Melanie. A search warrant was obtained following a multi-unit investigation which included the postal service and the Rocky River police department. Arrests were not initially made while the investigation took place, but the couple would later be subject to fourth-degree misdemeanor charges.

There is no word on any potential baseball-related fallout which may stem from the incident. On the season, Perez is 5-2 with a 3.15 ERA 21 saves (25 opportunities) for the Indians.

[Related: Orioles 7, Indians 2: A loss bigger than the game]

  • 216in614

    imagine what would have happened if his skin was a different color and he was poor…

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I was hoping the judge would sentence him to a hair cut and a shave!

  • JHop

    I’d really like to know what the possible “peril of marijuana” could be. Particularly from the perspective of Chris Perez

  • Aaron Mason

    We all know marijuana is harmless, stop wasting our tax dollars and police time on this stupid BULLSHlT. Now they try and say the huge fire in Yosemite was started by illegal farmers. Boy, now marijuana can spontaneously combust! Those illegals must be outstanding firefighters if all those hundreds and hundreds of cartel growing operations in the forest haven’t turned America into the head of
    a used match yet. More garbage propaganda. What else did marijuana do? No, let me guess, Assad used chemical weapons on his people because he was smoking marijuana that he got from Osama Bin Laden’s marijuana garden he had in Pakistan. Hahahahahaha, prohibitionists are funny. My favorite so far has been “I saw Obama flick his roach off a cliff and it landed in the straw hat of an illegal immigrant who was siphoning gas from a secret service vehicle to run his marijuana grow generators.”

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    What did Brody get?

  • Harv 21

    Yikes, what did the local youth do so wrong that they’re forced to listen to Chris Perez?

    But what’s really bothering me in this whole sordid affair is why Brody gets off scot free. I know, I know, it’s Rule #1 for turning state’s evidence: if you’re gonna squeal, woof first. Hope the judge at least secured a safe pooch home far away, what with Christophuh’s known temper.

  • Harv 21

    yeah, right? Actually, when he blew the season-changing game v. Detroit that made me want to get high, so maybe it’s the peril of Perez leading to drug use, which in turns makes it tolerable to watch Perez pitch, which in turn … Something like that, I think.

  • Harv 21

    wow, man, I thought pot mellowed you out.

  • Jason Hurley

    What?

  • JHop

    The best way to stay away from the dangers of drugs and alcohol is to not watch the Indians after the 8th inning.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    LoL man the Indians did a number on the people around here!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Brody turned bi&*h to save his own a$$? Sounds like protective custody courtesy PETA!

  • Multi-unit investigation and warrants and they have a $150 and $250 fine to show for it? And some community service?
    Seems like a huge waste of taxpayer money by Rocky River PD.

  • Hypno_Toad

    What a bunch of B.S. I got more severe penalties when I got busted smoking a joint IN MY OWN LIVING ROOM. I had less than a gram and I got fined more money and had to do more community service than this dude. He had weed shipped to his house using the postal service, which is a federal offense for people like you and me.

    I just need to be rich. Then I could do whatever the hell I want without repercussion. Rant over.

  • Garry_Owen

    After reading that comment, I’m not entirely certain that marijuana is “harmless.”

  • JHop

    If there ever was a WFNY Comment Hall of Fame, I think that rant would definitely have to be the first inductee.

  • Garry_Owen

    At least in the first class of inductees. There have been some other gems.

  • Garry_Owen

    “I just need to be rich.”
    “I got busted smoking a joint IN MY OWN LIVING ROOM.”
    The latter might be impinging the former.

  • Harv 21

    I’m partial to dude with the stuck keyboard keys a year or so ago. He flashed across the WFNY horizon like a comet, brief but indelible.

  • Harv 21

    I’m thinking either your roommate was a cop or your ex is your ex for good reason. Or maybe this happened in the ’50s. Otherwise I got nothing.

  • Hypno_Toad

    That’s kind of insulting. I work 50 hours a week and go to school. I don’t think smoking a J in my apartment (that I pay for – there’s that job thing again) is really hurting anyone.

    Why does the system punish a kid trying to pay his way through college more than the guy getting paid 8 mil a year to throw a baseball? Not to mention that I wasn’t using the a Federal service as my personal drug dealer.

  • Harv 21

    I get it, Hypno. I think most everyone here agrees with you – that’s outrageous. This is just the occasionally rough commenter humor.

  • Garry_Owen

    I was thinking of the same guy. I miss that guy.

  • Garry_Owen

    It was totally insulting, but it was intended as a playful ribbing – not in a hurtful kind of way. As they say in my industry, you “opened the door,” and it’s just really hard for me not to step through those opened doors. Really hard. It’s me. Not you. You go ahead and burn that bud; lick those toads; do whatever it is that folks do to ‘shrooms; I don’t know you, and I don’t judge. I just like to piece together little humorous observations, is all.

    [And you have to admit, tying in the “pothead” stereotype to not having money is kinda – just a wee bit – funny, no? I mean, whole sitcoms have been based off of it. How could I, in good conscience, resist?]

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwhoooooooooooooooooo?

  • matt underwood

    So his dog gets off without any punishment – the dog ordered the pot!!!

  • Jim T.

    No one who looks exactly like Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack Jr……….also known as Dr. John could receive any serious penalties for such an insignificant transgression………..

  • LilBoyBlue

    Legal in some states, perilous in others. ‘MURRICA!

  • Terry Carlson

    and don’t criticize it