Former MLB closer and 1996 World Series MVP John Wetteland was arrested Monday on a child sex abuse charge, authorities said.
Wetteland is accused of continually sexually abusing a child under the age of 14, the Dallas Morning-News reported, citing Denton County Jail records.
He posted a $25,000 bond and was released from the jail the same day he was arrested.
Wetteland, who was the 1996 World Series MVP for the New York Yankees and remains the Texas Rangers’ all-time leader in saves, retired after the 2000 season and was inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame in 2005, according to the Dallas Morning-News. In 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, Yankees and Rangers, he racked up 330 saves with a 2.93 ERA. In 2009, while with Seattle, he was hospitalized for what was originally termed a “mental health” issue related to a suicide threat, but Wetteland and the Mariners later released a statement saying the issue was related to elevated blood pressure and heart rate.
His former wife declined to comment Tuesday. The pair divorced in 2015.
An athlete struggling post career is a tale as old as time.
Hopefully this former MVP gets the help he so desperately needs.
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