Any minor league pitcher dreaming of making the Major Leagues better cross “getting arrested for participating in an online prostitution ring during spring training” off the list of ways to get noticed by your manager.
Atlanta Braves’ pitcher Deunte Heath tried this stunt when he earned a one-way trip to the county jail for trying to kill a few hours on a weeknight by scouring internet listings for a working girl with limited dignity and relatively low prices.
Oddly enough, it did not help him make the team.
According to police reports, the 24-year-old responded to an online advertisement from a prostitute asking for $75 to perform various sexual acts on Thursday night in Orlando.
Unfortunately for Heath, the meeting did not go as planned. (Which is shocking, because usually when the words “prostitute,” “$75” and “Orlando” are used in the same sentence, things go pretty smoothly.)
Upon meeting the young woman (who turned out to be a police decoy), Heath was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors after being promptly taken away by local police.
Heath was indefinitely suspended by the Braves organization following the arrest, but did become an instant fan favorite amongst his fellow inmates and the Chris Hansen field production staff in the Florida area.
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