Yasiel Puig likes to have a lot of on the base paths. In fact, the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ standout has earned quite the reputation as one of the fastest and most daring base-runners in MLB. Unfortunately, that hardcore style of play isn’t just for the diamond. Puig has proved that he’s a risk-taker off of the field as well, and the outfielder now has a police record to prove it.
On Saturday, news broke that Puig had been arrested for reckless driving as a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman claimed he had caught Puig speeding at 110 mph in just a 70 mph zone on the Alligator Alley section of I-75. Of course, this is troubling news considering the sports world has already lost so many great athletes to idiotic acts like this one as the Kansas City Chiefs‘ star linebacker Derrick Thomas is the first that comes to mind.
Like Thomas, Puig managed to set an entire fan base ablaze as the Cuban-born outfielder was ridiculously productive in his rookie campaign. However, a few red flags now surround Puig as laziness in the outfield, lack of discipline at the plate and foolish off-the-field behavior are just a few.
Of course, it’s far to early to categorize Puig as a loose cannon. As a 23-year-old milliionare, Puig could be doing a lot worse then driving his car too fast. Besides, this is a prime-time learning experience that the Dodgers must capitalize on. It’s now time for the organization to step in and make an attempt to rein in Puig’s reckless behavior before a speeding ticket turns into something far worse.