Foxborough, MA - One of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) highest-paid players was arrested with his wife over a fanny pack in the New England Patriot’s football stadium.
The incident occurred on Dec. 21 when Caitlin Hill tried to enter Gillette Stadium with a fanny pack for the Patriots game against the Buffalo Bills, the Boston Globe reported.
NFL stadiums have a strict policy about “clear bags,” according to MassLive.com.
All bags brought into NFL stadium must be clear plastic and no larger than 12 inches by six inches by 12 inches.
“Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand” are the only exception, MassLive.com reported.
However, fanny packs are specifically prohibited by the policy.
Caitlin Hill was told she could not bring her bag into the stadium and was asked to leave by the Foxborough police, the Boston Globe reported.
She refused and repeatedly tried to enter the stadium.
“She was trying to enter the stadium with an oversized bag and she had been told several times, ‘no,’” Foxborough Police Chief Administrator Robert Bolger told the Boston Globe. “She tried several times to go to a different gate. She was ordered to leave the property.”
Caitlin Hill was eventually arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing, ESPN reported.
Bolger said officers were putting Caitlin Hill in a transport van to take her in to be booked when Rich Hill tried to intervene, the Boston Globe reported.
“He saw her as they were trying to get her into a van to bring to the police station, and he started to interfere with the officers,’’ Bolger said. “He was told several times to back up and he would not. And he ended up getting arrested.”
Rich Hill was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according the MassLive.com.
Rich and Caitlin Hill were both arraigned on Monday in Wrentham District Court, the Boston Globe reported.
Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey’s office changed the Hills’ criminal charges into civil infractions.
District Attorney’s Office Spokesman David Traub said Rich Hill’s felony charge of resisting arrest was dismissed prior to arraignment in the "interests of justice,” the Boston Globe reported.
Caitlin Hill was ordered to pay $250 each for her two civil infractions.
Rich Hill was fined $500 for his single disorderly conduct infraction, the Boston Globe reported.
He is a record-breaking pitcher who started his MLB career in 2002 for the Chicago Cubs and has earned $59.4 million over his 15-year career.
He made $18.7 million in 2019 playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“Despite Saturday’s events, my great respect for law enforcement remains unchanged," Rich Hill said in a statement released after the incident. "However, seeing my wife handcuffed for a problem that started because of her fanny pack was extremely difficult for me to witness. This was all overblown and we are glad to have it behind us.”