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Red Sox prospect arrested in curious incident

Jeff Passan
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Boston Red Sox prospect Jon Denney was arrested for driving with a suspended license early Thursday morning and responded by allegedly telling police he "made more money than we could ever see," according to a Lee County Sheriff's Office arrest report obtained by Yahoo Sports.

Denney, 19, was arrested at 2:22 a.m., at least his second run-in with law enforcement in the last three months. Police had pulled him over at 11:57 p.m. Wednesday night after he "accelerated quickly," causing his Ford F-150 Raptor to fishtail, according to the report. Denney furnished a license that was restricted for business and emergency purposes after an alleged DUI in Arkansas, the report said.

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Jon Denney (Lee County Sheriff's Office)

When asked by police why he was in the Fort Myers Beach area, Denney, according to police, replied: "Partying and looking to get some [expletive]."

Police issued a citation, according to the report, and Denney called a friend to drive him home.

About two hours later, the report said, police saw Denney enter his truck and drive out of a parking lot. When pulled over and asked why he was driving, Denney said he was giving a woman a ride, according to the report. "Denney then became belligerent and started to cuss" at the police officers, the report said.

According to police, Denney said "he was a Boston Red Sox player and he didn't care [sic] he had money and made more money than we would ever see." When handcuffed, the report said, Denney said "he would be out in no time because of who he played for and that he made three million a year."

Boston drafted Denney, a catcher, in the third round of last season’s draft out of Yukon (Okla.) High. He signed for $875,000. Players in Class A, where Denney is expected to start the season, make a little more than $1,000 a month.

Denney was booked by the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 4:06 a.m. Thursday. He was released at 8:30 a.m. after posting a $500 bond.

Through a spokesman, Boston issued a statement to Yahoo Sports: "The Red Sox are aware of the incident involving Jon Denney. At present, we are still gathering more information. At this time the club will make no further comment."

In addition to the alleged DUI, which Yahoo Sports could not immediately verify, police in Washington County, Ark., arrested Denney on Dec. 7, 2013 for disorderly conduct, minor in possession of alcohol and littering after witnessing him throw a bottle of Malibu Black Rum into oncoming traffic, according to a police report. The bottle, the report said, narrowly missed a vehicle.

The arrest marks the second consecutive spring a Boston prospect has been in trouble with the law. Last March, Red Sox pitching prospect Drake Britton was arrested for DUI after driving 111 mph in a 45-mph zone, hopping a curb and ending up caught in a barbed-wire fence. When asked for his license, Britton gave the police a debit card.

He joined the Red Sox in July, threw 21 innings and won a World Series ring.

Denney's scheduled court appearance is March 31, according to the sheriff's office.

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