Reardon Off the Hook

Young and awesome ReardonFormer big league reliever turned unprofessional thief, Jeff Reardon, was released from court supervision Thursday, one year after being found not guilty by reason of insanity for robbing a jewelry store.

In December of 2005, the 52-year-old has-been waltzed into Hamilton Jewelers in Palm Beach Gardens and handed an employee at the counter a note that said he was robbing the joint with a gun.

Old and screwed up ReardonReardon made out with $170 and didn't even have a weapon.

During his trial, psychiatrists testified in Reardon's defense that his judgement was clouded by 12 different prescription meds which caused him to behave in a manic and hostile manner, making him emotionally unstable.

Reardon was taking anti-depressants and mood stabilizers after his 20-year-old son over-dosed on drugs. Things are better now for the four-time All-Star, who ranks sixth in career saves with 367, and had a 73-77 record and 3.16 ERA in 16 seasons with 7 different big league ball clubs.

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1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, depression affects many former players. They go from being superstars to normal, everyday people and they can't seem to handle it. In Reardon's case, it seems personal issues (like his son's suicide) forced him into a downward spiral... not to mention all the meds he was on.