McLemore, Store Employee in Scuffle
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SEATTLE (AP) _ Seattle Mariners utility player Mark McLemore was involved in a scuffle at a store near the team’s training facility in Peoria, Ariz., police and club officials confirmed.
McLemore, 27, told police he went into the store in Glendale, Ariz., to ask about an electrical cord adapter, but couldn’t get help from store employee Chris Mills and accused Mills of walking toward him in a threatening manner.
``Mr. McLemore said the store employee tried to remove this part that he was asking a question about out of his hand. He said he felt threatened by this, especially when McLemore said this employee tried to walk through him ... meaning basically walk right over him,″ police spokesman Matt Brown told KING Television in Seattle.
Mills said he offered to help McLemore after helping another customer and accused McLemore of swearing and approaching him menacingly, Brown said.
McLemore, 5-foot-11 and 207 pounds, told police he grabbed the 20-year-old Mills, 6-foot-3 and 330 pounds, and threw him to floor because McLemore felt threatened.
Mills told police he was trying to walk around McLemore when he was pushed, lost his balance and fell.
No one was injured, and the incident appeared to be ``something that would just fade away,″ Mariners general manager Pat Gillick told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
``We support Mark all the way on this,″ Gillick said.
McLemore played six positions last season _ left field, third base, shortstop, second base, center field and right field _ helping the Mariners to an AL-record 116 wins.
He finished the year with a .286 batting average, his highest since 1996, and hit five home runs, drove in 57 runs and had a career-best 39 stolen bases.
In December, he signed a two-year contract worth about $6 million.