Cleveland Indians’ Chris Perez In Some Marijuana Trouble

by Brendan Panikkar | Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2013
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Chris Perez has been an all-star closer for the Cleveland Indians for the past two seasons and has made a name for himself as being one of the more dominant closers in the game, despite his sudden loss of command of the strike zone from outing to outing. Perez has been great for the Indians since becoming their closer but the Tribe fans have not been so kind to their all-star closer. Perez has criticized Indians fans for being fair weather and unsupportive to some decent Indians teams the past few seasons. Perez also has been often criticized for his wildness and his unfavorable trend of getting saves the tough way and sometimes blowing them. The fans were so brutal to Perez that they forced him to shut down his Twitter account due to backlash for blowing saves during this current season.

Currently, Chris Perez finds himself on the 15-Day disabled list due to a shoulder strain, which was a big cause of his struggles in late May and is doing everything possible to get back to coming into the 9th inning as soon as possible. However, a situation involving Perez arose today (June 5th) which has Perez being questioned for having a package containing marijuana to his house. The first report breaking this news originally had Perez being arrested for the possession of marijuana though a press conference today says that no charges have been laid, the police have no verdict for what is going on, and that Perez is only being questioned. As the situation continues to unfold and more answers become available as to what was going on with Perez and marijuana, it could lead to a delayed return to the 9th inning for the Indians, even after his time on the DL is done and he is recovered. It remains to be seen what will happen to Chris Perez, whether it be a suspension from the MLB or the team, but regardless, this is not the kind of press anybody, especially in the sporting world, wishes to be making headlines about.

It will be an interesting next couple of days for Chris Perez, the Indians, and the MLB as it remains to be seen if Perez has former possession and use or what in fact the package containing marijuana was doing being delivered to Perez. For now, Perez continues to try and get back on the field as soon as possible, with this situation being a very unhealthy distraction in his recovery.

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Brendan Panikkar
About the Author

Brendan Panikkar is a graduate of Brock University's Sport Management program. Currently, he is the Vice-President, Customer Service at North Aware. He loves all sports but baseball and football take precedent over hockey and basketball. Teams: Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Argonauts, San Francisco 49ers, Toronto Raptors

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