Darryl Strawberry Back in Jail
Mar. 12, 2002
OCALA, Fla. (AP) _ Darryl Strawberry was jailed Tuesday, on his 40th birthday, for breaking a rule at the drug treatment center where he had been serving an 18-month sentence.
Florida Department of Corrections officials did not provide details of the violation. The eight-time major league All-Star did not leave the program or test positive for drugs, said Joe Papy, supervisor of probation services in Tampa.
Strawberry was being held in the Marion County Jail and was kicked out of the drug treatment program at Phoenix House, a residential facility about 80 miles north of Tampa.
Strawberry was sentenced in May to two years of house arrest at the center. That followed a four-day, cross-state drug binge.
After he was discharged from the treatment program, probation officers in Ocala took Strawberry to jail on a charge of violating his probation, Papy said. Strawberry has already violated his probation five times.
Strawberry's lawyer, Joseph Ficarrotta, was surprised by the arrest and did not immediately have details. Just before the arrest, Ficarrotta was arranging to get Strawberry into the next phase of the program and then back home to Tampa.
Strawberry's original sentence stemmed from a 1999 conviction for drug possession and solicitation of prostitution.
Strawberry will now need to return to Tampa to appear before Judge Florence Foster, who has offered him many breaks but warned him his chances were running out.
Last month, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said he would give Strawberry a player-development job with the team after he is released.
Strawberry won World Series titles with the New York Mets in 1986 and the Yankees in 1996 and 1999. In addition to drug problems, he has undergone operations for colon and stomach cancer. Recent tests showed no signs of the disease.