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(MLB) Matt Bush arrested for biting bouncer


I give up. This board is too hard to understand.
This kid is off to a *great* start to his professional career.


Police: Top draft pick bit bouncer at bar
Posted: Tuesday June 22, 2004 3:43PM; Updated: Tuesday June 22, 2004 3:46PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Suspended top draft pick Matt Bush allegedly bit one of the bouncers who tried to escort the San Diego Padres' prospect out of a bar, police said Tuesday.

Following his arrest early Sunday in Peoria, Ariz., Bush was suspended indefinitely by the team. The Padres gave the 18-year-old shortstop a $3.15 million signing bonus after picking him No. 1 overall out of a San Diego high school on June 7.

Bush was arrested for investigation of felony assault, and faces misdemeanor charges of trespass and disorderly conduct. Bush was also cited for underage drinking, said Jay Davies, ace Department.

Arrested at about 12:30 a.m., Bush was released later Sunday.

Employees at McDuffy's, which is across the street from the Padres' Peoria Sports Complex believe Bush and his 23-year-old brother slipped into the bar through a rear entrance, Davies said Tuesday.

"Somebody found out he was under age and reported him and that's when things turned sour for him," he said.

When security approached to lead them out, police said Bush resisted and the pair started a fight with at least two of the bouncers.

"It's alleged Matthew bit one of the security members on the left arm," Davies said.

When police arrived, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Bush struggled with one of the officers but eventually calmed down, Davis said. His brother tried to flee but McDuffy's security stopped him, Davies said.

Bush had been assigned to the Padres' rookie-level affiliate in Peoria. He won't be able to play during the suspension, and was told to come to San Diego on Tuesday for a physical, general manager Kevin Towers said.

Towers said the Padres were disappointed.

"The one thing that we try to do here, and it's very important not only at the amateur level but at the major league level, is the type of individual we bring into this organization is very important," Towers said Monday night after Bush was suspended.

"We want people to be real positive role models for kids and set good examples and represent not only the San Diego Padres, but professional baseball and San Diego in a very professional manner, and this is not a real good early indicator of something like that."

Towers, who spoke glowingly of Bush on draft day, was asked if the arrest changed his opinion of the player.

"It certainly hasn't helped," Towers said. "He has yet to even play a game yet. These aren't some of the things that you like to see happen to a young man who's about ready to start his career. And it's not just for the kid. He's got teammates and people who are probably looking up to somebody like him to set an example. It's going to be very difficult."

Towers said team owner John Moores, president Dick Freeman and scouting director Bill Gayton would be involved in deciding how Bush will be disciplined.

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Another great top pick for San Diego sports.....

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