Reds starter Mike Leake, arrested on theft charges earlier this month, plead guilty to a lesser charge of unauthorized use of property and will get 30 hours of community service and go into a diversion program, the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay writes.
Leake explained his actions thusly (via video from FSOhio's Jim Day):
My side of the story is on April 2, I went in to purchase six shirts. They did not fit, wrong size. I proceeded to go to Macy's and exchange them on my own instead of talking to the clerk. I set six shirts down, got the correct sizes for myself, walked out and they stopped me. I see how boneheaded of a move it was, I was wrong and a sincerely apologize.
He called it a "serious lapse in judgement on my part."
Well, whatever you can get a judge to believe, I guess. It seems hard to believe a person would just think a store has a DIY exchange program, but if Cincinnati's judicial system buys it, that's all that matters.
Leake said he did have a credit card statement -- but no receipt -- proving he bought something at Macy's on April 2. When asked if it was the first time he had tried to return something in such a manner, he said, "not in this way."
Leake said he couldn't remember his exact thought process and why he tried to handle his own exchange, but he realizes the error of his ways. His community service will be figured out later, but will include work with a non-profit organization.