Naples, Fla. • Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig begs a trooper who clocked him going 110 mph in Florida to let him go and later chides himself in the back seat of a police car for driving so fast, video released Wednesday shows.
The Cuban defector was charged with reckless driving in a 70 mph zone in Naples. Puig, who lives in the Miami area during the offseason, told the trooper he wasn’t speeding for most of the 2-hour trip north until the officer clocked him. But the officer is unsympathetic.
"This is your mom? Oh, you’re going to jail. You are putting your mom in danger, oh hell no," the trooper says in Spanish on Dec. 28 to Puig, 23. "Why were you driving that fast? You don’t care about anyone’s life in the car?"
Puig responds: "Yes I do care. I’m sorry. Please forgive me."
The video shows the trooper explaining to Puig’s mother, a cousin and another passenger why he was being arrested.
"The reason why we are in this situation is because he didn’t care about his mother’s life or your lives, and he’s going to jail," he said in Spanish. Puig’s mother is heard sobbing.
While in the backseat, Puig tells himself: "Why do you have to drive so fast, Puig? You have to learn." He repeatedly asked the officer to let him go, at one point saying he would "do anything" and that he would never drive again, "but please don’t take me to jail."
In April last year, Puig was clocked going 97 in a 50 mph zone in Tennessee, though those charges were later dismissed.
Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract in June 2012, a record for a Cuban defector. He received a $12 million signing bonus and made $2 million last season.
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