posted on Dec, 4 2004 @ 05:06 AM
Colorado Rockies pitcher Denny Neagle was cited Friday for solicitation after a woman in his car said he paid her $40 for oral sex, police said.
Neagle, who has not pitched in more than a year because of injuries, was pulled over early Friday in a Denver suburb after an officer saw his sports
utility vehicle speeding, police spokesman Steve Davis said.
After Neagle was asked why his belt was unbuckled, the woman said Neagle had paid her for sex, Davis said.
Neither Neagle nor Russell was taken into custody because the charges were minor misdemeanors. Neagle was issued a court for summons for Jan. 27. The
woman, Jill Russell of Denver, was issued a citation on a charge of prostitution and a court summons for Jan. 13.
Rockies president Keli McGregor called the allegation "extremely serious" and said the team was still gathering information.
"While we are saddened by the circumstances surrounding Denny Neagle, our organization has and will continue to place great emphasis on character and
accountability," McGregor said in a statement.
The 36-year-old Neagle last pitched on July 20, 2003. In the past 14 months, he has undergone elbow ligament surgery and elective shoulder surgery.
In 2003, Neagle pleaded guilty to driving while impaired after his car struck another vehicle.
No phone numbers were available for Neagle or his agent, Barry Meister
[Edited on 4/12/04 by TRD]