Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Neagle Pleads Guilty; Avoids Jail Jeopardy
Although certain police testimony had been suppressed in pre-trial action, and a trial date had been set, ex-Colorado Rockies SP Denny Neagle opted to accept a plea bargain in connection with sexual solicitation charges rather than expose himself to a potential 6-month jail sentence and $750 fine. As a result of the plea, Neagle was sentenced to 40 days of community service. Neagle's encounter with an alleged prostitute almost cost him nearly $20 million. Neagle, who at 37 appears to have no future in baseball due to arm injuries, was arrested by police in '04 after he allegedly offered to pay $40 for sex with a woman he picked up on the street. The alleged street-walker - pictured at left in a police file photo - cost Neagle much more than $40, however, when the Rockies cited a morals clause in his contract and terminated it, asking him to forfeit more than $19 million. An undisclosed amount was restored, however, after the Players Union reached a settlement on Neagle's behalf last year. Neagle, who is married, owns a lifetime 124-92 record and 4.24 ERA, but was 19-23 with a 5.57 ERA in his three years with Colorado. He has been unable to pitch since 2002.