Cardinals pitcher reportedly arrested for violating COVID restrictions in Dominican Republic

Carlos Martinez
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Video has been shared on social media appearing to show St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez participating in a "massive" motorcycle gathering in Dominican Republic. He was reportedly arrested for his role in violating COVID-19 restrictions, but his agent says he was never arrested.

The Cardinals released a statement on the situation, saying "it is our understanding that Carlos was not arrested nor are there any pending legal charges against him."

Martinez was back in his native country this offseason and according to Hector Gomez of Deportivo Z 10, he was "violating all the social distancing protocols and the mandatory use of masks."

He shared video and a photo of Martinez on Twitter:

An article from the Diario Libre states that Martinez was arrested for participating in the event on the Puerto Plata boardwalk with singer Denisse Michelle Tejeda, known as "La Perversa."

Martinez's agent is denying the arrest, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Derrick Goold.

"Spoke to Martinez's representative, and here's what he said: #stlcards pitcher is not currently and was not in custody. He may face a fine for violations. He was being part of the filming of a video, and that drew a crowd in his hometown." Goold is reporting.

Here is the full statement from the Cardinals:

"The St. Louis Cardinals were informed earlier today that Carlos Martínez had participated in a public gathering event this past weekend in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

"We are currently gathering details from this event, but it is our understanding that Carlos was not arrested nor are there any pending legal charges against him.
Certainly, we would not condone anyone from our organization knowingly violating community laws or health regulations.”

Martinez, 29, had a 9.90 ERA his five starts in 2020.

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