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Matt Bush’s bail set for $1.015 million

Mar 24, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

Matt Bush mugshot

Rays right-hander Matt Bush made his first court appearance earlier today since being arrested Thursday evening in Florida on charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, failure to stop and remain at a crash involving an injury, driving with a suspended license and DUI with serious bodily injury to another. According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Tribune, his bail has been set at the hefty sum of $1.015 million.

Bush, a former No. 1 overall pick of the Padres in 2004, was driving an SUV on Thursday afternoon when he struck the back of a motorcycle driven by 72-year-old Tony Tufano. The 26-year-old fled the scene of the crash and was arrested 30 minutes later. Tufano remains in an intensive care unit at an area hospital with multiple injuries.

Bush’s attorney, Russell T. Kirshy, expected the judge to set a high bond, but argued that the former top prospect qualifies as being indigent (or poor) because he made $78,000 last season while pitching in Double-A and that he has only $2,000 in his bank account. That’s a tough sell.

Kirshy also told the judge that the Rays were trying to make arrangements for Bush to undergo a 72-hour hospital stay before entering a rehab program, but that request was denied. His arraignment is currently scheduled for May 21.

  1. uyf1950 - Mar 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Going to be interesting to see what they set Bobby Jenks bail at, at some point.

    • Old Gator - Mar 25, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      Really unfortunate resemblance to Joe Girardi there, no? Body snatcher pods at work.

    • bbil2012 - Mar 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      Yah.That’s the first thing I thought of after reading this.What will happen to Bobby Jenks?

      • JBerardi - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:42 AM

        Probably not nearly as much since Jenks didn’t injure anybody.

  2. canelosandiego - Mar 24, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    first off may the person injured make it through.. n second what a waist of talent, matt effin bush is a douche.

    • caryw30 - Mar 25, 2012 at 6:36 AM

      Exactly. I wish I only made $78k. Bush is the one that drank and then got behind the wheel of the suv. I hope Tufano makes it. Does anyone have an update on his condition? As for Bush stop babying him and put him in jail. Its the only way he will learn.

      • JBerardi - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:43 AM

        Dude, if Matt Bush was going to learn, EVER, it would have happened by now. The guy’s got something of a history.

  3. randygnyc - Mar 24, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    What a dick. Don’t drive under the influence, regardless of who you are or what you do for a living. Someone could get hurt, or killed. You know, like someones sibling, child or parent. Even your own.

  4. koufaxmitzvah - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    $78k a year makes a man indigent? I guess Reagan did kill the middle class.

    • Old Gator - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      No. The middle class committed suicide by voting for him.

      • mgflolox - Mar 25, 2012 at 5:11 PM

        Most. Astute. Comment. Ever.

      • JBerardi - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:49 AM

        C’mon Gator. The trickle-down effect is going to kick in any decade now…

  5. zackd2 - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Who wants to be this ends with 3 months probation, $250 fine, and a “I’m sorry” letter read by his lawyer in court?

    • JBerardi - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      Ok. I bet you a million dollars that won’t happen.

  6. eugenesaxe - Mar 24, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    That bail number will drop. Some judge just has a hair up his ass re: athletes/”privileged folk”. Bail shouldn’t be higher than what the final sentencing will end up being.

    • ditto65 - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:03 PM

      Dude ran over a man”s head AFTER he ran into him. Hair up ass aside, society is not safe with this guy out on the streets.

      • eugenesaxe - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:12 PM

        I’m not arguing the fact. IMO, drunk driving should always be considered attempted homicide. But I’m not in charge, he’s not too likely to run and hide, and the bail as set is too high for the charges.

  7. dtr3e - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    I really dont get floridas laws. How much was Dante Stallworths bail when he hit and killed a pedestren?

    • jwbiii - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:38 PM


      More on the case here:

      • jwbiii - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        Sorry, the second link should be this:

    • rpb1234 - Mar 25, 2012 at 12:36 AM

      In Florida, he could have shot the guy, claimed self defense and would not even be arrested

      • JBerardi - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:51 AM

        Oh, so the guy driving the motorcycle was black, then?

  8. jason9696 - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Didn’t he have a $3.5 million dollar signing bonus with the Padres when he was selected 1st overall in 2004?

    • JBerardi - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      I think it was less than that. The Padres only took him because their owner decided he wanted to go super-cheapo style on the draft (gee, what a brilliant investor. You get what you pay for…).

  9. larryboodry - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Nothing wrong with Bush’s bail, if anything Stallworth’s shoulda been higher…And Bush needs to get jail time if convicted, period.

  10. jason1214 - Mar 25, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Great.. now the State of Florida can waste tax payer $$ on this db.

  11. antispy3 - Mar 25, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Was the motorcycle driver wearing a hoodie & carrying Skittles?

  12. mianfr - Mar 25, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Why are the Rays even bothering with rehab? This guy got the greatest chance in the world to come back and ran over some innocent and elderly man’s head with it. With all due respect, he’s just a bad egg. Cut him loose.

    Also, the Donte’ Stallworth case was much different for a number of reasons… First of all, Donte’ really could have avoided jail altogether if he wanted to. The man was jaywalking and it’s doesn’t seem like any substances in Stallworth’s system contributed to the accident.

    However, he isn’t a complete turd of a human being and felt incredible remorse over the event and subsequently chose to fight his case very lightly because he felt he deserved some punishment for what he did and didn’t want to get off on a technicality.

    He didn’t just get out of his car and run away from it all.

  13. tracermike - Mar 25, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    Stallworth had been drinking the night before, taken a cab home, went to sleep, woke up the next morning and went to grab a bite. Turns out there was still booze in his system. He could have easily enough attributed the feeling to a hangover. He ended up hitting a guy who was crossing in the middle of a busy street. Not trying to redirect blame, by all accounts Stallworth owned his actions, but these two incidents are hardly the same thing.

  14. seanb20124 - Mar 25, 2012 at 3:47 AM

    Jimmy Leyritz is like damn, at least I did not flee the scene.

  15. mungman69 - Mar 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Bush should do jail time just for the drunk driving. He injured someone so put him in jail for two years. And never let him drive again.

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