Josh Beckett, the ex-MLB pitcher for the Marlins and 2003 MVP in the World Series, had a rowdy night at a Texas club, ending in his arrest.
The retired baseball star reportedly jumped on stage at the club (see picture below), tackling the lead singer of the performing band and leading to significant injuries, according to a TMZ Sports report from Saturday morning.
The former MLB star was at an open mic night at the country club when he attacked the singer. TMZ report that Beckett allegedly went “full NFL linebacker on a country band … completely laying out the singer and causing injuries.”
Cops were called to the scene and Beckett was arrested for public intoxication — the officer said he determined Beckett was “a danger to himself and others.”
According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, Beckett admitted to stage diving and said he hit his leg on the speaker during the incident.
The worst part … the singer of the band told cops he suffered serious injuries to his arm, neck and shoulder from the incident … including a torn rotator cuff and dislocated shoulder.
The police are reportedly investigating the incident, and Beckett’s lawyers have said the baseball star’s actions were not aggressive. They claim it was just “horseplay,” according to the report. Beckett has apologized and will make reparations.
Beckett, 37, is a Texas native. He was a figure in major league ball for 14 seasons, playing with the Marlins, Red Sox and Dodgers.
He threw a complete-game shutout in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium in 2003, pushing the Marlins to an unexpected win against the Bombers in the World Series that year. He earned a second World Series title with the Red Sox in 2007, and retired following the 2014 season.
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