Most Major League Baseball players are happy to see their season finally start this month after it was delayed for months by the COVID-19 pandemic. Reese McGuire likely is just happy he is able to re-join his team at all following an offseason run-in with the law.
TMZ reported Friday that McGuire, 25 and entering his third season with the Blue Jays, recently pled nolo contendere to a reduced second-degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. The charge stemmed from an incident in February when McGuire was accused of masturbating in his car while parked in a public parking lot.
According to TMZ, McGuire's plea deal let him off with "nothing more than fines and costs," adding that the original first-degree misdemeanor charge could have landed him up to a year in prison if convicted.
The Blue Jays have not commented on McGuire's plea deal.
The incident that occurred in Dunedin, Fla., was explained by TMZ after it obtained the police report:
"According to the report ... cops say after they rolled up to the parking lot, they saw McGuire with his shirt 'barely covering his genitals' and his sweatpants around his ankles.
"They claim in the report when they got McGuire out of his car, he 'had an erection which was very apparent.'
"Cops say McGuire apologized to them profusely for the incident ... saying, 'I'm sorry, I'm so sorry, this is really embarrassing.' Cops say McGuire added, 'I really shouldn't have been doing that.'
"In the report, cops claim when they got McGuire's phone to try to find his current address ... they noticed an 'extremely pornographic video was playing on the screen.'
"Officers say they asked Reese why he came to the parking lot instead of just going home ... McGuire responded that he 'did not know, it just seemed like a good place.'"
McGuire, who was selected by the Pirates in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft, has started 36 games in the big leagues, all with the Blue Jays.