Not all news is good news. Former Kansas City Royals outfielder Brian McRae is a current example, after the story broke that he may face charges after an incident in Arizona.
Brian McRae attended a Royals Alumni Fantasy Camp in Surprise, the home of Kansas City Royals spring training. Very early the next morning, a fight was overheard from those in the hotel room next door. He was in a Residence Inn with his girlfriend of nearly two years, and the police arrived around 4:30 A.M.
According to a report by Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star:
"McRae could face charges of aggravated assault impeding breathing, unlawful imprisonment, threat/intimidation with injury and/or damage to property and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, said a spokesperson with the Maricopa County attorney’s office."
The report also stated that McRae was not wearing a shirt, and his pants appeared as if there had been a struggle. The women was in distress and crying. She had marks on her face, blood on her dress, and bruises on her arms and legs.
KCTV News 5 reported that the woman had confronted McRae about having an affair with another woman, and he beat her for 20 minutes straight. She did not want to talk to the police because McRae, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, had told her he would kill her if she did.
History with the Royals
Brian McRae is now 51 years old, but the outfielder was drafted in the first round of the 1985 MLB Draft with the 17th overall pick by the Kansas City Royals. He began his major league career with the Royals in 1990. He remained a member of the team until 1994.
He later played for the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, and Toronto Blue Jays before his career ended in 1999. His father, Hal, was the manager of the Royals when he played for Kansas City.
His final career slash for the Royals sat at .262/.313/.372. He totaled 627 hits, 30 home runs, and 248 RBI’s for Kansas City.
McRae may be released on bond, but he would be required to wear a tracking device. His preliminary hearing will be held on February 13.