Reds release statement regarding Mike Leake

The Cincinnati Reds released a statement regarding pitcher Mike Leake being arrested Monday afternoon.

 Leake was arrested accused of stealing six shirts from the Macy's store in Downtown Cincinnati. He was charged with theft and taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center. Officials say he has since been released and is currently with the team playing against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Here is the statement from the Reds organization:

 "On behalf of the Cincinnati Reds organization, at this time we are advised to not publicly address this matter because of the pending legal proceedings. However, we do not condone behavior of the type alleged, which is wholly inconsistent with the principles of this organization and our community and is detrimental to the positive direction we seek to follow. When the legal process has been completed, we will handle this matter internally."

The Cincinnati Reds have also released a statement on behalf of pitcher Mike Leake:

 "Today, Mike Leake was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of theft from the Macy's store downtown.  Right now, he has been advised by his attorney to offer no further statements on this matter. This case will proceed in the justice system, where Mike's story will be told. Until that time, there will be nothing further from Mike on this episode until the court proceedings have concluded. However, Mike wishes to apologize to his family, the fans, Mr. Castellini, Walt, Dusty, his teammates and the entire Reds organization for this distraction."

Leake is expected to appear in court on Tuesday afternoon for his arraignment.

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