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Torii Hunter returns to Angels two weeks after son’s arrest

May 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Torii Hunter was back with the Angels yesterday, rejoining the team after more than two weeks away following his 17-year-old son’s arrest on sexual assault charges.

Hunter remained on the restricted list for last night’s game, but indicated that he expects to be in the lineup tonight versus the Yankees.

Here’s what Hunter said about the situation:

This is my son. This is my blood. For him to go through this and watch him cry every night, it’s pretty tough. I don’t wish this on any father out there. We’re hopeful that it doesn’t even go to court because we feel that there’s no case.

Hunter’s son, Darius McClinton-Hunter, is one of five high school students accused of sexual assaulting a female student as part of what police say was a five-month investigation. He’s been charged with sexual assault of a child, which is a second-degree felony.

  1. jarathen - May 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    It was a nice winning streak.

    • proudlycanadian - May 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      I am not surprised that you got some thumbs down responses; however, the Angels were a better team without Hunter than they were with him.

      • jarathen - May 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        Which was my point entirely. Hunter’s a solid player, but with Trumbo taking up an outfield slot, having Bourjos and Trout helped shore up his deficiencies (that his offense makes up for somewhat). An outfield of Hunter and Trumbo in the corners means a lot of running around for Trout.

  2. hiltonandastoria - May 29, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    That Man has his priorities straight

  3. mybrunoblog - May 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Yes Hunters priorities are right but most of us can’t leave work two weeks while getting full pay unless maybe if used your vacation/personal days.

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 29, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      How are you a victim here?

    • kpow55 - May 29, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      Nor can most of us hit a curveball or play outfield anywhere but beer league softball… go back to your cubicle.

    • paperlions - May 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Restricted list = no pay.

      Yeah, his job was held for him, but the same likely would be true for many people. I could sure as hell miss work for 2 weeks without pay if a serious personal issue arose and show back up with no harm done (other than missing 2 weeks of pay).

  4. bowltr - May 29, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Tori will probably find a way to blame the Boston fans for his son being a rapist.

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 29, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    I hope his son didn’t do it.

  6. zurnvs - May 29, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    An investigation of 5 months doesn’t mean no case. This is not a done deal, but it looks like the grand jury thought there was enough evidence to file charges against his son.

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