SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals pitcher Jeremy Jeffress issued an apology on Friday as
a result of his arrest on Jan. 4 in Surprise in a domestic assault incident.
The Kansas City Star reported on Friday that Jeffress acknowledged that he was arrested on three charges: assault, criminal damage and disorderly conduct. The first two charges were dismissed on Jan. 24 in Surprise Municipal Court, and he was sentenced to serve 20 hours of community service for the disorderly conduct charge and required to attend a domestic violence counseling class.
Jeffress issued the following statement through the Royals:
"There was an argument between myself and my girlfriend and I lost my temper, but I never put my hands on her. My mom and dad raised me to never do something like that. A call was placed to the authorities due to property damage, and in the state of Arizona, once the police are called, you have to go through booking. We live and learn through life. Two charges were dropped, and for the third charge, I'm currently doing community service and must attend a domestic violence class in any city during the course of this year. Being in jail is not me. I've seen friends and family members lose everything over one phone call.
"I apologize to the people of Kansas City, the Glass family, Dayton Moore, Ned Yost and my peers. There are consequences in what you do or say. I've disappointed my family and the name on the back of my jersey. I just want to make it clear this is not me."
The Royals did not indicate if Jeffress would be disciplined internally, but Moore issued this statement:
"We've spoken to all parties, including local law enforcement officials, and we stand behind Jeremy at this point based on the information we have received. Jeremy has a good heart, and we understand and appreciate he's trying to manage his personal life in a more honorable way."
Jeffress, obtained from the Milwaukee Brewers in the Zack Greinke trade, began last season with the Royals, but finished the year in the Minors. He's trying to make this year's club in a relief role, although he made 11 starts in 25 of his Minor League games last year. For the Royals, he made 14 relief appearances and was 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA.
While in the Brewers' system, Jeffress twice received suspensions, one for 50 games and another for 100 games, for violation of the Minor League Drug Treatment and Prevention Program, which he has acknowledged was for marijuana use. Another infraction will result in a lifetime ban from baseball.