Puig Arrested for Speeding
Dodgers super-prospect Yasiel Puig was arrested over the weekend in Tennessee (he's currently on the disabled list with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts) for speeding, reckless driving, and driving without insurance, reports Austin Laymance of MLB.com. Puig has since been released from jail.
There is no word yet what effect this incident will have on Puig's development, time on the field, etc., although it's possible that it won't have any, especially with his current injured state. As far as arrestable offenses go, this is a relatively minor incident (again, relatively), and an internal talking-to could be enough in the mind of the Dodgers. Steve Dilbeck of The Los Angeles Times makes the argument that this could simply be the effects of being bored and wealthy in a foreign land, which isn't an excuse in any way for being reckless, but certainly does happen.
Hopefully for Puig, the Dodgers, and motorists in Tennessee, this is an isolated incident, but if nothing else, these kinds of maturity issues make it seem like an even better decision by the Dodgers to send him to the minors.
Williams Gets Misdemeanor DUI
Mason Williams, a top prospect in the Yankees organization, was also arrested over the weekend, but on a more serious charge, a DUI charge in the Tampa area, according to The New York Daily News. Williams was given a breathalyzer and blew below the legal limit and was given a misdemeanor DUI charge instead of the felony version.
I won't even pretend to understand the legal issues at work here, and what the effects are of getting the lesser of the two DUI's is or how you can get a DUI when you're below the legal limit. All this really proves is that nothing good happens when you're out driving around at 2:45 a.m., the time of Williams' arrest.
At the very least, this signifies a significant lapse in judgement for a player who has already been stuck with the "maturity issues" label.