Red Sox catching prospect Jon Denney was arrested for driving with a suspended license Thursday morning according to the report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Police arrested Denney after the 19-year-old told law enforcement that he "made more money that we could ever see."
The catcher from Yukon, OK has had run-ins with the police in the past. Police pulled Denney over on Wednesday at 11:57 p.m. after he "accelerated quickly" and cause his Ford F-150 to fishtail. Denney had a license used only for business and emergency purposes after a DUI in Arkansas. Denney was also arrested in December, 2013 for disorderly conduct, minor in possession of alcohol after police saw him throwing a bottle of Malibu Black Rum into oncoming traffic, narrowly missing a vehicle.
In 2013, Denney hit .203 with zero home runs, two RBI and a .379 OBP with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.
Denney allegedly told police that he was in the Fort Myers Beach area, "partying and looking to get some p***y." Police gave Denney a citation and told him to get a friend to drive him home. Two hours later, Denney entered his truck and drove out of a parking lot. After being pulled over, Denney told law enforcement that he was giving a woman a ride. According to the police report, "Denney then became belligerent and started to cuss."
According to police, Denney said "he was a Boston Red Sox player and he didn't care [sic] he had money and made more money than we would ever see." When handcuffed, the report said, Denney said "he would be out in no time because of who he played for and that he made three million a year."
After being booked by the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 4:06 a.m. on Thursday, Dennery was released at 8:30 after posting a $500 bond.
The Red Sox drafted Denney in the third round of last year's draft and signed for $857,000. Denney is expeted to start the season in Single-A. In a statement to Yahoo Sports, the Red Sox said, " "The Red Sox are aware of the incident involving Jon Denney. At present, we are still gathering more information. At this time the club will make no further comment."
The arrest marks the second straight spring that a Red Sox prospect has been arrested. Reliever Drake Britton was arrested for DUI after driving 111 mph last year.
Denney will appear in court on March 31.