Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge
Reds pitcher Mike Leake pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser charge of unauthorized use of property – a fourth degree misdemeanor — stemming from his April 18 arrest on accusations of shoplifting six shirts valued at $59 from the downtown Macy’s.
Leake was accepted into court sponsored diversion program. If he completes 30 hrs of community service and counseling, his case to be dismissed. The deal was agreed to by prosecutors, Leake’s attorneys, Leake and Macy’s.
This afternoon, Leake held a press conference in the Reds dugout. He offered apologies to the Reds, the Castellini family, the front office and his teammates.
“I sincerely apologize to them for putting all this pressure on them and the drama I caused,” Leake said.
Leake then told his side of the story.
“On April 2, I went into purchase six shirts and they did not fit – wrong size. I proceeded to go to Macy’s and exchange them on my own instead of talking to the clerk. I set the six shirts down and got the correct sizes myself, walked out and they stopped me. I realize how boneheaded of a move that was. It was very wrong and I sincerely apologize.
“It was a serious lapse in judgment. For that, I will be willing to do anything I have to do.”
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