Cincinnati Reds pitcher Ian Kahaloa was suspended for 50 games by the league Tuesday after he failed his second test for a drug of abuse. At some point after he submitted that sample, but before his suspension was announced, the 19-year-old appears to have posted videos of his drug use on Snapchat.
Those videos were discovered by Twitter user @Reds_1fan. There are four clips posted in total, two of which appear to feature drugs, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
One of those videos shows someone using a rolled up dollar bill to snort what appears to be cocaine. The camera then quickly pans up to show what looks to be Kahaloa drinking out of a large bottle of Coca-Cola while in a Reds shirt. The Snapchat posting was captioned “Party time lets go”.
A second video shows a bong and what appears to be a large amount of marijuana, before transitioning to a photo of what appears to be two lines of cocaine. Two other videos, both captioned “Wake and bake,” also show a bong and marijuana. The second of those then transitions to a video of Kahaloa using a Snapchat filter to look like a deer.
You can view those videos below. Be warned that the content in them is sensitive and may depict drug use. They may be considered not safe for work.
When asked whether the person in the video was actually Kahaloa, Reds player development director Jeff Graupe told the Enquirer, “to the best of our understanding, yes.” He added that the Reds are working to get Kahaloa the “help and assistance that [they] believe he needs.”
Kahaloa is currently in a drug treatment program, according to his agent.
A fifth-round pick in 2015, Kahaloa ranked as the Reds’ 26th best prospect coming into the season, according to Baseball America. He’s posted a 2.35 ERA over 76 2/3 innings in rookie ball over the past two years.
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