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Miguel Cabrera receives probation, fine for his DUI charge

Jan 5, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

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Miguel Cabrera‘s arrest for DUI last February was pretty spectacular, at least as far as all of the sordid details about the arrest were concerned. The resolution of it all is kind of boring, however:  Cabrera was given a $500 fine and one year of probation yesterday.  He also had his license suspended for a year.

The whole case seemed weird to me.  Because not long after he was arrested, the Florida Highway Patrol released information about how Cabrera’s Range Rover allegedly forced cars off the road and forced an oncoming vehicle to take “evasive action and to go totally onto the grass shoulder in order not to hit the sports utility vehicle head-on.” In addition, he allegedly threatened to blow up the bar at which he was drinking and before his arrest and he told his arresting officers to “just [bleeping] kill me.”

Then, a couple months later he got his driver’s license back because there was apparently not any evidence that Cabrera was, you know, actually driving the car.

Strange. Scary. But now over. And hopefully this is the last run-in Cabrera ever has with the bottle for the rest of his life.

  1. drewsylvania - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Celeb gets off. No film at 11.

    No surprise, either. Power corrupts.

    • JBerardi - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      Scotch corrupts.

    • skids003 - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      You reckon he can afford a driver? Not that driving without a license is a big deal.

  2. muckthefets23 - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    If that’s all he got for that kind of a DUI stop then he got off easy. Most of the time DUI’s come with multiple fines, court costs and programs that you have to attend to “rehabilitate” yourself.

  3. natsattack - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    I hope he never touches another drop of alcohol in his life, plays well, and lives happily ever after.

    • cerowb - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      He has no reason to. What lesson did he learn? He’ll pay his nickel and hire a driver. This is disgusting.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:39 PM

        Our judicial system at work…making money for itself.

      • JBerardi - Jan 5, 2012 at 8:56 PM

        Making money for itself?

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Craig, what could Cabrera have been charged with if he was charged for crimes for all of his alcohol-related matters? Like, maximum penalty?

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    $500? Don’t they know he has kids to feed? Is his family just supposed to starve? Harsh, man, harsh.

  6. cur68 - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Slap on the wrist, in other words. Jeez. He needs help. Like, lots. All this does is enable his problems to manifest themselves.

    • paperlions - Jan 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      Things do not “manifest themselves”; they simply manifest.

      • cur68 - Jan 5, 2012 at 9:07 PM

        Ok then. Lemme see if I got this straight & can use it correctly in a sentence: being pedantic is manifest in some people?

      • paperlions - Jan 6, 2012 at 7:12 AM


        My boss makes fun of me for using manifest “too often” in my writing (as if such a thing is possible), so I am sensitive to its correct use/meaning….and, as a lab/research group, we take pride in our submissions being well written.

  7. papacrick - Jan 5, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Who cares if he drinks? He just won the friggin batting title and is the best pure hitter in the game. As long as it doesn’t affect his on field performance then you should stay out of his personal life and mind your business.

    • JBerardi - Jan 5, 2012 at 8:51 PM

      “Who cares if he drinks? He just won the friggin batting title and is the best pure hitter in the game. As long as it doesn’t affect his on field performance then you should stay out of his personal life and mind your business.”

      No one’s mad at him for drinking, idiot.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 5, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      Go back to school.

  8. texasredd - Jan 5, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Let me put this in perspective for you:
    2011 stats
    Batting ave. .344
    RBI 105
    HR 30
    OPS 1.033

    • joelgold - Jan 5, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      And this has what to do with him driving drunk, threatening and endangering innocent people, and getting off with a slap on the wrist? If you can hit a baseball the rest of your actions don’t matter? C’mon.

  9. frank433 - Jan 5, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    I don’t understand how this allows his problem to manifest? He had an awesome year, and was caught on camera drinking water while his teammates celebrated with champaign. Should his fine bankrupt him to prove a point? Or should he be ordered into in-patient rehab? The truth of the matter is that we don’t know if he has a problem. We also don’t know how much of the story is true. Would the average person receive more of a fine or a stiffer penalty? Possibly. But, the average person also won’t have to be heckled in every city they visit.

    • cur68 - Jan 5, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      Well, some of that is certainly true: we haven’t all the facts. The trouble is that the facts that are there seem pretty compelling. He’s a person with a severe alcohol problem who publicly threatened a good number of people and was driving drunk, recklessly, and in a clearly dangerous state when pulled over. That were you, would you get a $500 fine, probation and a 1 year suspension?

      What bugs me is that is if it were you or I, assuming we don’t have effin millions and an entire organization to back us, could we have beat that charge? I’m guessing not.

      Furthermore, how is literally getting away with it doing him any good? Sure he was drinking water. Maybe he’s had all the help a person could have got and is now clean and sober, forever & ever, amen (I hope thus this in fact the case, so help me dog). But its bad optics to be seen getting away with it. Diminishes the law. Emphasis the gap between how unfairly its applied from one person to the next with money being the grease. The law does not serve as a deterrent for him. But don’t you or I try that. Not unless we can hit baseballs around.

      • ernst2k - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        He wasn’t pulled over. He was already on the side of the road.

  10. JBerardi - Jan 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    He just needs an “accountability partner” and soft-focus ESPN interview and he can be a “redemption story”.

  11. rcali - Jan 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    O.J. killed two people and got off easier.

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