Toronto Blue Jays Reese McGuire Caught With Pants Down In Parking Lot
Dunedin, FL – Toronto Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire was arrested in Florida for the kind of exposure Major League Baseball (MLB) will not be happy about.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office was called on Feb. 7 for a report of a man in a public parking lot exposing himself in his white Mercedes SUV, WFLA reported.
When deputies arrived on the scene, they quickly spotted the SUV and 24-year-old McGuire behind the wheel, with his sweatpants down around his ankles and his private parts exposed.
The police report said that McGuire’s shirt was barely covering his genitals when deputies approached his vehicle, TMZ reported.
Deputies said in the report that McGuire "had an erection which was very apparent” when they got him out of the vehicle.
McGuire apologized repeatedly as he was being arrested, WFLA reported.
"I'm sorry, I'm so sorry, this is really embarrassing," the baseball player told deputies, according to TMZ. "I really shouldn't have been doing that."
Deputies said in the report that they pulled McGuire’s phone out of his vehicle so he could get his current address and saw "extremely pornographic video was playing on the screen."
When McGuire was asked why he was masturbating in a parking lot instead of just going home, he told deputies that “he did not know – it just seemed like a good place,” TMZ reported.
The Blue Jay’s catcher was arrested and charged with misdemeanor exposure of sexual organs, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
The team’s headquarters released a statement about the incident, ESPN reported.
“The Blue Jays are aware of the recent police incident involving catcher Reese McGuire. He has been in communication with the club and we are working to gather more information. Out of respect for the legal process, neither he nor the club will comment any further at this time,” the statement read.
McGuire is scheduled to appear in court on March 16, WFLA reported.
The Blue Jay’s catcher was in Dunedin because that’s where the team’s spring training camp is located, ESPN reported.
Pitchers and catchers were scheduled to report to the Blue Jays’ Dunedin facility on Feb. 13 and rest of the team will join them on Feb. 17.
McGuire has earned $2.6 million over his MLB career, ESPN reported.
He made $193,960 in 2019 playing for Toronto in 30 games with five home runs and 11 RBIs.
McGuire was taken in the first round of the 2013 Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, ESPN reported.
He received a $2.3 million signing bonus.
The Pirates sent McGuire, Francisco Liriano, and Harold Ramirez to Toronto in a trade for Drew Hutchison in 2016, according to ESPN.
He spent five years playing in the minor leagues before making his MLB debut in 2018 with the Blue Jays.