Freel arrested for disorderly intoxication

Freel arrested for disorderly intoxication

Reds utility player Ryan Freel was arrested early Sunday morning in Tampa, Fla., and charged with disorderly intoxication, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Attributing from a report by the Hillsborough County jail, the newspaper said that Freel was arrested at 3:35 a.m., refused to take a breathalyzer test and listed his occupation as "unemployed." The charge is a second-degree misdemeanor, and the 29-year-old was released later in the day on a $250 bond.

Freel was re-signed by Cincinnati to a two-year contract worth a guaranteed $3 million on Dec. 19. He batted .271 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 103 games during the 2005 season. left a phone message for Freel on Sunday night. Reds general manager Dan O'Brien withheld a response to his player's situation.

"All I can tell you is that we're still gathering all the facts," O'Brien told "Until we have all the facts, I don't feel it's appropriate for me to comment. Hopefully, we'll know more over the next 24-48 hours."

This was Freel's second arrest within a year. On April 4, he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Bellevue, Ky. He pleaded guilty, paid a $500 fine and had his license suspended 90 days.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.