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Tyson Gillies hired the lawyer who represented Hulk Hogan's son and pleaded "not guilty" to coke charge

Sep 3, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies pleaded not guilty yesterday to a felony charge of cocaine possession stemming from his August 20 arrest in Florida.
According to Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News the 21-year-old outfielder was walking along a service road at 3:00 a.m. and trying to flag down passing cars when police stopped and offered him a ride back to the team motel.
After he got into the back of the police car officers allegedly found a bag on the seat containing white powder, which tests later revealed to be cocaine. Conlin speculates that pleading guilty and perhaps accepting a misdemeanor charge with community service instead of jail time could have hindered the Canadian-born Gillies’ ability to maintain a working visa
Instead he went with “not guilty”–which perhaps sets him up to negotiate a better plea deal with less of a penalty later–and hired lawyer J. Kevin Hayslett, who Todd Zolecki of MLB.com notes “has represented high-profile clients including Hulk Hogan’s son, Nick Bollea.” If you’re not familiar with Bollea’s case, he spent eight months in prison after pleading no contest to reckless driving involving serious bodily injury following an accident that left his passenger in a nursing home.
Gillies is currently free on $2,000 bond and the Phillies have yet to comment “because this is an open case.”

  1. BC - Sep 3, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    After he got into the back of the police car…
    So… how do they know the bag wasn’t there before he got into the car?

  2. RichardInBigD - Sep 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    The police will testify, regardlees of whether or not they know it to be true, that the car was clean at the beginning of their shift, and that he was the only person in the back seat. As far as I’m concerned, that leaves it open to reasonable doubt, but I guess it depends completely on the believability of the officer(s) involved.

  3. CJ - Sep 3, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    I hope he’s truly interested. If that report is true about leaving the coke in the cop car, he must be one of the stupidest people on the planet. I wouldn’t want him anywhere near the Phillies’ system.

  4. CJ - Sep 3, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    LOL interested s/b innocent…LONG day

  5. birdmancometh - Sep 3, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    “Don’t ever get in the back of a cop car unless you are forced to.” That is advice I once recieved from a very wise family member. It has, for 27 years, proven to be very good advice. I can now add “…if you have coke in your pocket.” to the end of the quote for young Tyson.

  6. The Real Shuxion - Sep 3, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Did he leader teach him how to start shaking his hands in a moment of near defeat. The crowd gets into it and then after getting punched points his finger at his opponent?

  7. NYCBaseball - Sep 3, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Unless his fingerprints are on the bag, the cops have no case. If they are, Gillies is done. Pretty simple, I would think.

  8. walk - Sep 3, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Sop at my department has us annotate a search of the back seat including under the seat before and after each passenger gets in.

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