The A's released the following statement on the matter:
Coco Crisp was arrested and detained early this morning under the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was released from the City of Scottsdale Jail this morning and arrived at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on time for team pre-game drills. The A's are aware of the situation and take such matters seriously. The team and Coco will have no further comment until further details are available.
Crisp, a former Red Sox center fielder, was pulled over by Scottsdale police while driving his 2009 Rolls Royce Phantom, according to TMZ, who also has the mug shot following Crisp's arrest. According to TMZ, police said Crisp was stopped after officers noticed him "failing to stay in one lane of traffic."
The 31-year-old Crisp, who agreed to and performed field sobriety tests at the scene, was released from jail and arrived at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in time to take part in pregame drills before the Athletics' Cactus League game against the Cleveland Indians. He was in the A's clubhouse before the game but did not speak with reporters, nor did he play in today's game.
Crisp is in his second season with the A's and is expected to play center field and be the team's leadoff hitter. Crisp signed with Oakland as a free agent in December 2009. He hit .279 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs in 2010 but played in just 75 games because of a fractured pinkie and strained rib cage muscle.
After Johnny Damon signed with the Yankees, the Red Sox traded with the Cleveland Indians to acquire Crisp in Jan. 2006. The deal sent the center fielder along with catcher Josh Bard and reliever David Riske to Boston in exchange for third base prospect Andy Marte, reliever Guillermo Mota, catcher Kelly Shoppach, a player to be named later, and cash.
In 2006, Crisp broke his left index finger attempting to steal third base and spent the next 42 games on the disabled list. Crisp played in 145 games for the Red Sox in 2007, batting .268 and scoring 85 runs. While Crisp was the team's starting center fielder throughout the 2007 season, he was benched mid-series during the ALCS for rookie outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Crisp remained benched for the 2007 World Series, only appearing late in games for defensive substitutions. In Nov. 2008, Crisp was traded to the Kansas City Royals for relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez.
Crisp is the third major league player to be charged with DUI during spring training.
The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera was arrested last month in Florida on DUI charges, and the Indians' Austin Kearns is facing a similar charge after being pulled over in Kentucky and arrested on Feb. 12.
In other Coco news, Crisp was in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago taking a little batting practice with ubiquitous newsmaker and baseball fan Charlie Sheen.
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