Yahoo Former Major League Baseball star Albert Belle has reportedly been arrested on numerous counts in Arizona, according to Matt Rodewald of Fox 10 Phoenix. Belle was arrested during a spring training game on two counts of indecent exposure, one count of DUI and one count of extreme DUI. Belle, now 51, starred with the Cleveland Indians throughout most of his MLB career. He spent eight of his 12 seasons in Cleveland, hitting .295/.369/.580, with 242 home runs, during his tenure with the club. Belle was involved in a few scandals during his career. He was fined in 1996 after leveling Fernando Viña on the base paths. He was suspended in 1994 for using a corked bat. He had a number of blowups with the media, leading to a contentious relationship with them. Belle, who went by Joey early in his career, receiving treatment for alcohol abuse in 1990. Since retiring, he’s mostly stayed away from the game, rarely appearing at Indians’ events.
Albert Belle is one of my favorite baseball players of all-time, his violent swing and pure power made me a huge fan when I was growing up, but Belle was involved in plenty of scandals both on and off the field that make his latest arrest not much of a surprise. Belle was arrested in Phoenix over the weekend on serious charges, including two counts of indecent exposure, one count of DUI and one count of extreme DUI. The details of Belle’s arrests have not been released yet, but some reports say that the incident which led to his arrest happened during a Spring Training game, so keep it here for updates.
UPDATE: Per ESPN:
The Maricopa Sheriff’s Office booked Belle, 51, on two counts of indecent exposure, one count of DUI-liquor/drugs/vapor/combo, and another count of DUI with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more — commonly referred to as extreme DUI.