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Kirby Puckett Commits a No-No

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Baseball Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett was charged Friday with dragging a woman into a restaurant bathroom last month and fondling her.

The woman had bruises, and her ankle was swollen from hitting a door frame, according to the criminal complaint, which cited several witnesses.

The former Minnesota Twins star was charged with a felony count of false imprisonment and a misdemeanor count of criminal sexual conduct. He could face a total of up to four years in prison and $8,000 in fines.

But County Attorney Amy Klobuchar said Puckett is more likely to face workhouse time and probation.

Puckett's attorney, B. Todd Jones, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Puckett is expected to surrender and post $20,000 bail Monday, Klobuchar said. His first court appearance probably will be in two or three weeks.

Puckett, an outfielder, retired in 1995 after 12 seasons with the Twins, a team he helped win the World Series in 1987 and 1991. He joined the Hall of Fame last year.

"Like most Minnesotans, I remember watching Mr. Puckett help the Twins win two World Series, and he's a great Hall of Fame baseball player. But that night, in that bar, he was no one's hero,'' Klobuchar said.

Puckett's wife, Tonya, filed for divorce in February, about two months after she told police he threatened to kill her during an argument. He denied making such a threat, and prosecutors didn't charge him.

On Sept. 20, Puckett's attorney vigorously denied to the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Puckett sexually assaulted the woman.

Puckett's attorney, B. Todd Jones, said the allegations stemmed from Puckett 's "celebrity status, a nasty divorce, with all the subplots it involves and, in a crowded public venue, somebody deciding to raise these allegations," Jones was quoted in the Star Tribune last month. "He can't even go to the bathroom without something happening."

Derek Rettell, the restaurant's general manager, said none of his staff witnessed the alleged assault. Workers filed a police report, he said.

Puckett played in 10 All-Star games during his Twins career, which was cut short by glaucoma. He is currently the Twins' executive vice president for baseball

He finished with a .318 batting average, the best by a right-handed hitter since Joe DiMaggio, and Puckett's 2,040 hits are the most by any player in his first 10 seasons.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Kirby was a stand up guy.

You never would of expected this. :shrug:
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Kirby Puckett Commits a No-No

I think you mean allegedly Commits a No-No
I don't know. Kirby goes 12 seasons without raising an eyebrow, and now this happens? I have a great deal of respect for Kirby and I will wait until all is said and done.
Kirby Puckett is one of the few baseball players that I truly respect, so my first instinct is not to believe this. Sounds like a publicity stunt or someone trying to give Puckett a bad rap.
I agree with the majority sentiment here. Having lived in Minneapolis during his whole career, I find it very hard to believe. I have seen people crack up before, and there is always that possibility, but I think it is remote.
Looks more serious. There appears to be a witness. This restaurant is about 2 miles from my old house.
I think that happens a lot with professional athletes. Once they retire and the cheers fade they don't have anything to do all day so I think their wives either get sick of them or just can't deal with them all day, every day.

Yeah, it just goes to show that no matter how long you watch people in the public eye and you think you know them you really don't know what goes on in private.

The Kirby Puckett situation is weird and hard to understand. I met Kirby about two years ago at a Twins function and while he seemed a little overwhelmed by all the attention he was still really nice to all the fans there. It's like the old saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction.
Remember, the recent incident with NASCAR driver Tony Stewart supposedly assaulting a fan was "witnessed by a local deputy sheriff" and turned out to be nothing.

Let a jury decide.
Kirby definitely deserves the benefit of the doubt. If he's proven guilty in court, then I'll change my tune.

Isn't that the whole premise of our society (with the exception of the media)? Seems like this forum has the right idea.
Being a life long Twins fan .. it saddens me that this happened. Unfortunately it is probably true! Remember back now that Kirby is either divorced or about to be divorced .. the reason; domestic abuse. So it's not the first time ... and it gives me saddness to have my idol charged with this .. hell I even named my dog Kirby .. yes after him .. must be bad luck as after my dog Kirby died I replaced him with .... Mossy (after Randy). Maybe I should try Garnett next time.
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