Video Shows Police Drawing Guns On Yankees GM Brian Cashman

Yankees GM's Car Was Not Removed From Stolen List
By WFAN Sports Radio 66AM & 101.9 FM New York

(WFAN) -- Last week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman revealed the wild story of having guns drawn on him by police in Connecticut who believed he might have been a car thief. Now there's video to back up his story.

Cashman told the New York Post that on Aug. 4 he reported his Jeep Wrangler stolen to the Norwalk Police Department. On Aug. 6, the NYPD called him to say it had found the vehicle abandoned in the Bronx. Cashman retrieved the Jeep the next day, but it was never removed from the stolen-vehicle list.

The Yankees GM said Norwalk police wanted to process the SUV for evidence, and he agreed to take it to them Friday. He was driving from Yankee Stadium to the police station in Connecticut when he was stopped while leaving a gas station in Darien, Connecticut.

Cashman said as many as five patrol cars arrived and six to nine officers got out of their vehicles with their guns drawn.

In body camera footage released by police Wednesday, Cashman is seen being ordered by one cop to walk backward with his arms raised toward a detective. Cashman tries to tell his side of the story but is cut off.

Later, Cashman tells police: "I'm going to take (the vehicle) to the Norwalk PD for processing now. I picked it up from the NYPD two days ago."

As Cashman is retrieving his ID from the vehicle, an officer says to him, "You look very familiar to me."

"GM of the New York Yankees," Cashman responds.

"Yeah, I know," the cop then says before apologizing for "the embarrassment." 

After realizing Cashman was not a real suspect in a crime, police turned off their sirens to prevent the incident from becoming any more of a spectacle.

"We just had a call about a guy with a gun at a doctor's office driving a white Jeep, and then I ran your plate and it came back stolen. So that's why all this," a detective tells Cashman.

"No worries," the Yankees GM responds. "You got my sweat going now, but I understand."