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Chris Perez and his wife plead guilty to drug charges

Sep 3, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

chris perez mugshot

Back in June Indians closer Chris Perez and his wife were charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of controlled substance. According to police the couple had “a little more than a third of a pound of marijuana or 163.9 grams” delivered to their home and they’re scheduled to be arraigned on June 19. The package was actually sent to their dog, “Brody Baum.” Which is one way to do it.

Now the charges are behind them, as Perez and the missus entered no contest pleas today and were sentenced:

Municipal Judge Brian Hagan sentenced Perez, the Tribe’s 28-year-old closer, to pay a $250 fine and to serve one year of probation. During that time, Perez must complete Major League Baseball’s drug-treatment program and present a 15- to 20-minute talk to students at Rocky River High School about the dangers of drugs.

Perez has sworn off media lately, so I’m guessing we won’t get a comment.

No word if Perez has apologized to Brody for besmirching his good name.

  1. El Bravo - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    That poor poor 163.9 grams….

  2. aceshigh11 - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Sounds like their dog was completely out of control. Hope he’s getting the help he needs.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      What parents wouldn’t take the blame for their dog? Clearly, they are enabling him though.

      • apkyletexas - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        Clearly they didn’t read Kenny Powers’ sports Bible – “You’re F***ing Out, I’m F***ing In”.

        Chapter 7, page 152 – “Never, never, never let your stupid dog have his drugs drop-shipped to your house. Especially when the DEA is watching your ass. But if he does, and you get caught – blame your personal assistant Stevie.”

    • number42is1 - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:01 PM

  3. chill1184 - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    What a waste of tax payer money

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      Unless there’s a big bonfire. Then it becomes a party, and the whole town is invited.

    • cohnjusack - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      I’ve long held that if I could ask the President one question, it would be this.

      President Clinton/Bush/Obama,

      You have admitted to using illegal drugs in the past. Had you been caught under the drug laws that your justice department enforces and you implicitly support, would your life had been better? Would the country had been better had you convicted of the crime you had admitted to?

  4. DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    I just can’t help myself – that is a hot mugshot of the wife

    • km9000 - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Chris’s mugshot made me think “They’ll never let him back in Japan to do a concert ever again.”

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Yea, I can kind of see that now. He does look like Paul circa Rooftop Concert….which, as everyone except Craig knows, was the last Beatles Concert.

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/27/this-week-in-hardball-history-3/

  5. cadillacjosh - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    “Drugs are bad because I got caught. Had I not gotten caught, I would still be using drugs. That’s the life lesson children, don’t get caught.”

    • Old Gator - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      “Kids, what with the escalating cost of weed these days, it becomes more and more important to know how to roll a good, tight joint – sweetheart, would you hand me the Zigzag pack, please – thanks. Okay, now here’s the first thing you have to do – pick out the seeds and twigs. A piece of twig protruding through the wall of the joint can make your draw inefficient, and exploding seeds can cost you perhaps five percent of your combustible. Grasp the small twigs between your thumb and forefinger, press down and slowly rotate back and forth to crumble the leaves and….no, Johnny, you’re squeezing too hard….

      • dluxxx - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Good idea teaching the kiddos with the schwag stuff. Keep the good buds for your vaporizer. ;)

        Seeds. Heh.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        Yes…and not to mention the holes in your car seat, couch and/or shirt as a result of the exploding seeds.

        Disclaimer:
        I only know this from watching a documentary on the Discovery Channel. Or was it TLC? Not sure. Strangely, I have short term memory issues.

      • Old Gator - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        Does that explain why you forgot to be a Democrat?

        Nyuknyuknyuk….

  6. chip56 - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    How long is his suspension from MLB?

    • jwbiii - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      MLB players don’t get suspended for weed.

      • sabatimus - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Or DUI, asininely enough.

      • chip56 - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        I know, I was making a point that MLB and the Union need to expand the violations that can lead to suspension.

      • chip56 - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Especially when you’re talking about what the kind of quantity he was – the fact that he had sale weight should be a suspend-able offense – though in the best interests of baseball it might help if Indian fans are stoned.

      • Old Gator - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        I agree with Chip. In fact, I think that major league ballplayers should be suspended immediately if they show evidence of having any kind of a good time. Chip, do you even have a dick?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      First 4.5 innings of his next game.

      • chip56 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        well played.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    1/3 of a pound sounds like he was planning on distributing that banned substance. 211 game suspension on the way?

    • cackalackyank - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      …or it was gonna be one HELL of a party. There would have been no Cheetos or Doritos for MILES around.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      That comment strikes me of someone who doesn’t know what he is talking about

      • lessick - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        I’m pretty sure Sabathiawouldbe…. simply forgot to employ the sarcasm font.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        You are right. A 211 game suspension for a first time drug offense would be ridiculous. I don’t know what I was thinking. Anyone suggesting such a thing should be laughed to scorn.

      • Old Gator - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        @lessick: naahhh, the font is there – shows up even on older versions of Chrome, Explorer and Firefox. Jimmy was just never taught to read it.

  8. km9000 - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Brody will never hear the end of it from his cop buddies.

  9. geoknows - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Never mind Perez and his wife; how did the dog plead?

    • chill1184 - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      The 5th

      • km9000 - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        I presume that was on the advice of his attorney, Woodstock.

  10. johnrisvold - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Reblogged this on The Risvold Law Blog and commented:
    Pretty wild. Is this really what we should be spending tax dollars on?

  11. righthandofjustice - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    He pleaded “No Contest”. No contest is not the same as “Guilty”. People, please get these legal facts straight!

    Anyway, Marijuana is listed as a Drug of Abuse under the JDA. No violation to JDA? Not even a hearing?

    • jwbiii - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      No suspension. Counseling, more frequent testing for a year.

      7. Discipline
      D. Marijuana, Hashish and Synthetic THC Violations
      A Player on a Treatment Program for the use or possession on Marijuana, Hashish or Synthetic THC shall not be subject to suspension.

      More on page 23.

      http://bizofbaseball.com/docs/2012-16MLB-MLBPAJointDrugProgram.pdf

      • righthandofjustice - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        Yes, no suspension but it is still a violation and there should at least be a hearing.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Synthetic THC… What is the world coming to?

      • jwbiii - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        Now that Perez has pleaded NC (the JDA treats NC pleas the same as guilty pleas and convictions), there will be a hearing. It will be confidential. We’ll hear as much about it as we did about Tim Lincecum’s case from a few years ago.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        Bud Selig has no use for your JDA and its prescribed penalties.

      • righthandofjustice - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        Tim Lincecum’s case was different. According to MLB:

        http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091106&content_id=7634904&vkey=news_sf&fext=.jsp&c_id=sf

        His case with MLB might have been closed when The Freak pleaded gulity to “buying and selling” another substance apparently not restricted by the JDA in exchange for all the other charges including possession of marijuana dropped. In possession of just a marijuana pipe apparently was not a violation of the JDA.

  12. onbucky96 - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Just another example of big government cracking down on small business owners.

  13. schniz61 - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Frame of reference… There’s a little more than 28 grams in an ounce so that’s not that much weed. In many (most?) states, under an oz is simply a ticket – less than a parking ticket in most cases. Yes, 164 grams is 6 oz’s, which some people would be looking to sell. I would think someone like Perez with tons of money would just be giving it to friends. We’re talking less than two grand here depending on quality. I’m sure they spend that on dinner sometimes.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      Schniz, since purchasing pot can be dangerous, it very well might have been that they preferred to buy in bulk for personal use so as not to have to buy very often. I’ve heard it keeps quite well if sealed up and stored in the freezer.

  14. yahmule - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    I had a Chocolate Labrador named Brody. He was the most gentle hearted dog I’ve ever known. Not even chipmunks were afraid of him.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      Probably because he was stoned all the time.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      I love Chocolate Lab’s.
      We are trying to decide what to get next (or Gold Retriever passed away a few years ago).
      We are trying to decide between a Chocolate Lab, German Shepherd’s or Bullmastiff’s.
      The Wife wants the Mastiff. Not sure I want to go there.
      I mean…we have plenty of room with lot’s of land but that’s a big ass Canine!

      • Old Gator - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        If you loved your retriever, the Lab is as close to one in temperament, intelligence and loyalty as you are going to get in another dog that isn’t a retriever. We lost our beautiful GR a couple of years ago and just a few weeks later wound up rescuing a black lab mix puppy from behind a local supermarket where he was scrounging for food, spent months treating its mange and intestinal parasites, and now he’s a great big fine strapping figure of an overgrown puppy who slotted right into the niche vacated by our beloved GR.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        Yeah…we loved our Golden Retriever. Great family dog. So loyal. Your dog is a great example as well. He was sick…homeless. Now healthy and he is paying you back. Golden Retriever’s are very close to lab’s in general. Almost identical is a lot of respects. It’s part of the reason I an considering the Chocolate Lab. I have always wanted a German Shepherd as well. They are a family dog. Almost to the point of going overboard from a protection standpoint. Obedience classes are a must.

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