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Dodger Yasiel Puig hires his cousin to drive for him after second arrest for speeding

01/10/2014 at 6:51 am By

yasiel puig 2014Los Angeles Dodgers young star Yasiel Puig has hired a family member to drive him around as a result of being arrested twice in 2013 for speeding and reckless driving.

Per ESPN LA, Puig told Dodgers president Stan Kasten that he will be driven around by his cousin from now on after he was clocked going 110 MPH in a 70 zone with his mother in the car.

“I give him credit for taking that step if nothing else,” Kasten said during a radio appearance on ESPNLA 710.

The December arrest was Puig’s second of the year. He was also arrested in Tennessee for driving 97 MPH in a 50-zone while he was still a minor leaguer back in April. Charges in that case were dismissed after Puig served community service.

“I sat him down myself when that happened and made it clear what we expect of him,” Kasten said. “I said then that, even if he thinks he can get away with it because he’s in Chattanooga, if you ever get to the big leagues, nothing — nothing — is going to escape attention. He brought that up to me today.”

Must be nice to have the cash to hire a personal driver at 23. Puig is under contract through 2018 for an average salary of about $6 million a season, so it’s critical for the Dodgers to have their ROY runner-up on the playing field and out of the slammer.

-ALR

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