Jordan Schafer, who was traded from the Braves to the Astros in July as part of the Michael Bourn deal, was arrested last night in Florida and charged with felony possession of marijuana.
According to Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times the arrest took place shortly after midnight at The Cheesecake Factory, which some might consider the most embarrassing part of the story for Schafer.
He was released on $2,000 bond a few hours later and “declined to give police the name of his employer,” which while silly is probably better than pulling the oft-used “do you know who I am?” card.
As a minor leaguer Schafer was suspended 50 games in 2008 after testing positive for human growth hormone. He missed most of last season with injuries and the 25-year-old outfielder hit just .242 with a .624 OPS in 82 games split between the Braves and Astros this season.
UPDATE: Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle has a few more details, including the fact that Schafer was stopped “after pulling up next to an unmarked police vehicle” with the “passenger’s side windows partially down with a ‘strong odor of marijuana’ coming from the vehicle. Oh, and according to the police report he had a joint in his hand. So yeah, that’s a pretty good way to guarantee an arrest.