Former MLB All-Star Johnny Damon was seen leaving jail just hours after he was arrested Friday for a DUI, declaring that he would never put himself or anyone else in ‘harm’s way getting behind a vehicle’ while under the influence.
A disheveled Damon was greeted by local reporters as he exited the Florida jail he and his wife Michelle Mangan-Damon had been booked earlier in the day.
‘Jail sucks, handcuffs are worse. Jail is horrible,’ the former Boston Red Sox outfielder told reporters.
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A disheveled Johnny Damon was greeted by local reporters as he exited the Florida jail he and his wife Michelle Mangan-Damon had been booked Friday
The Former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees outfield was arrested early Friday morning in Florida for driving drunk as his wife Michelle Mangan-Damon was booked for the alleged assault
Damon would not disclose much in terms of additional details when asked how he felt about the arrest and how his fans would feel.
‘I really can not say much because it is an ongoing thing but I would never put myself, my loved ones or anybody in harm’s way getting behind a vehicle,’ he said.
The 45-year-old added: ‘I am always accountable for my actions and we will see what happens soon. I apologize.’
When asked about his wife Mangan-Damon, who was booked after allegedly pushing one of the officers during the traffic stop, the former athlete asserted that ‘she should not have been with me.’
‘I really can not say much because it is an ongoing thing but I would never put myself, my loved ones or anybody in harm’s way getting behind a vehicle,’ Damon said
Damon was advised not to leave a comment but spoke briefly with local reporters. The 45-year-old added: ‘I am always accountable for my actions and we will see what happens soon. I apologize’
The Former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees outfield was arrested early Friday morning in Florida for allegedly driving drunk as his wife Michelle Mangan-Damon was booked for the alleged assault.
According to an affidavit provided to DailyMail.com by Windermere (Florida) police, the 47-year-old Damon was booked at 8:15am Friday morning and held on $1,000 bond after a breathalyzer test revealed his blood-alcohol content was 0.3, which is almost four times the legal limit of .08.
He was also charged with resisting arrest without violence.
When asked about his wife Mangan-Damon, who was booked after allegedly pushing one of the officers during the traffic stop, the former athlete asserted that ‘she should not have been with me’
Mangan-Damon, 45, was booked for battery on law enforcement and resisting officer with violence for allegedly shoving one of the cops. Her bond has been set at $2,500.
Police body-cam footage will not be available for a few weeks, according to a police spokeswoman.
The couple has six children since marrying in 2004, and previously appeared together on the Bravo program, Below Deck Mediterranean.
Michelle Mangan-Damon (left) and Johnny Damon have six children since marrying in 2004, and previously appeared together on the Bravo program, Below Deck Mediterranean
According to the arresting officer’s affidavit, Damon was seen driving his black Lincoln SUV ‘back and forth’ early Friday morning, prompting the traffic stop.
‘As I observed Damon, he was extremely unsteady on his feet and his speech was extremely slurred,’ the officer wrote ‘I detected the odor of alcoholic impurities coming from his person as we stood at the rear of his vehicle.
‘I asked Damon how much he had to drink during the evening, and he stated “just a little bit,”‘ the officer wrote, adding that the suspect motioned ‘with his left hand and fingers in a small pinching motion.’
Mangan-Damon allegedly ‘disobeyed’ police instructions to remain by the vehicle, telling one officer that she didn’t need to listen to him.
‘I attempted to pull Michelle toward me so that I could put her against the vehicle and then order Johnny back to the front of my car,’ the office wrote.
‘However, Michelle then proceeded to turn toward me and grab onto my left arm while simultaneously pulling away from me and pushing me,’ the report continued. ‘As she was doing this, Johnny was also intertwined among Michelle and I, which resulted in Michelle breaking away from me and she began to walk away.’
A second officer arrived and successfully handcuffed Mangan-Damon as the first officer struggled to do the same with her husband, who was allegedly ‘tensing his left arm and moving it away toward his waist’ to prevent his arrest.
Damon allegedly told police he is a ‘good f***ing guy.’
According to the affidavit, Damon was repeatedly told to keep his hands by his sides and to remove them from his pockets during the field sobriety test. Later, when asked to take nine steps, Damon took 11 and struggled to walk heel to toe.
Damon swings during the game against the New York Yankees on April 17, 2004 at Fenway Park in Boston. He is one of just 11 players to win a World Series title with both teams
Mangan-Damon then told one officer that her nanny was at home with her six children. The officer called the babysitter to say that the couple wouldn’t be home because they had been arrested.
After being taken to jail, Mangan-Damon complained of sharp chest pains and was transported to the Orlando Regional Medical Center.
A two-time All-Star, Damon won a pair of World Series titles as a member of the Red Sox and Yankees. He is one of just 11 players, including Babe Ruth, to win championships with both rivals.
Damon earned over $110 million in salary before taxes in 17 Major League seasons.
He has eight children between his two marriages. After divorcing his high school sweetheart, Angela Vannice, in 2002, Damon married Mangan-Damon in 2004.
Damon was forced to cut his long hair and beard after signing with the Yankees in 2006