Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress was recently arrested on DWI charges in Dallas. Shortly thereafter, the team placed him on the restricted list. On Wednesday, Jeffress and the team released statements concerning the arrest. First, here’s Jeffress’ full statement, which was released via the Major League Baseball Players Association:
“First, I would like to offer a sincere apology to the Texas Rangers, my teammates, my family, and to the fans for the incident that took place last Friday morning. Make no mistake, drinking and driving is wrong. I made a mistake that not only jeopardized my wellbeing, but the wellbeing of others, and I thank God that nobody was hurt because of my mistake.
“I have faced and overcome much adversity in my life, some of it self-inflicted, and I try very hard, every day, to be a positive influence in the lives of my family, friends, fans and, most importantly, my daughter, Jurnee. Moving forward, I promise to do everything I can to live my life the right way, as I look to put this incident behind me. I promise to do whatever it takes to get back on the field playing the game I love. And I will begin this process by being away from the team while I get the help I need to overcome these difficult personal issues.
“I am also making a commitment to speak out against impaired driving for the rest of my life, as I hope others will learn from my mistake. I also would like to thank the police department for their professionalism in handling the situation as well as they did. Lastly, I ask that others respect my privacy during my absence, just as I ask for their forgiveness. Thank you and God bless you all.”
Now, here’s the statement from the team:
“The Rangers commend Jeremy for seeking treatment and taking responsibility for his actions,” said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. “Our thoughts are with him as he is dealing with this situation. We ask everyone to respect his privacy as this time.”
The Rangers also said Jeffress would remain on the restricted list while he’s undergoing treatment. Per Bob Nightengale, Jeffress will enter a month-long treatment program but will not be disciplined by the league. He’s unlikely to return to the Rangers this season.
Jeffress, 28, went to the Rangers with Jonathan Lucroy at the trade deadline. He has a 2.52 ERA in 53 2/3 innings this season. Jeffress was suspended twice in the minors after testing positive for a drug of abuse. He’s slated for salary arbitration this offseason.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Rangers’ Jeffress apologizes for DWI, leaves team to seek treatment