Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, pleaded guilty Friday to federal drug charges in California.
Loiza acknowledged that he possessed about 20 kilograms, or 44 pounds, of cocaine with intent to distribute. He faces up a minimum of 10 years in a prison and maximum of life when he is sentenced Nov. 2.
Former White Sox pitcher Esteban Loaiza, an All-Star in 2003, has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in California, faces life in prison https://t.co/nSfFbNdsGN pic.twitter.com/9VDgXlqHmH
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) August 11, 2018
According to Jarad Hodes, a prosecutor in the case, Loaiza will likely be deported to Mexico upon completion of his sentence. Telemundo 20 is reporting Loaiza’s sentence may be reduced.
Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Loaiza attended Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach. After his 1995 debut in the major leagues, he went on to pitch for the Pirates, Yankees, Oakland A’s, Dodgers and others.
Loaiza was also the husband of Jenni Rivera, the Mexican-American pop star who died along with six others in a 2012 plane crash. The 43-year-old superstar filed for divorce from Loaiza two months before the crash. Tough road for Loaiza ahead.