05/17/2002 6:00 pm ET
Sabathia robbed at gunpoint
Indians young pitcher unhurt but shaken after incident
By Justice B. Hill / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Police here are investigating an armed robbery at a downtown hotel early Friday that left Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia
frightened but unharmed.
Sabathia and team officials say the robbery occurred at the Marriott Society Center, 127 Public Square, after Sabathia and his cousin, Jomar Conners, had met a group of people at a nearby nightspot. The group returned to the Marriott, where Sabathia was forced at gunpoint to turn over a necklace, his earrings and his wallet.
Police put the value of Sabathia's loss at $44,000.
"I don't want to go into details," Sabathia said to reporters before Friday's game at Jacobs Field vs. the Kansas City Royals. "It's a
life-altering experience. It was my fault."
Team officials say police are investigating the robbery, which occurred around 4 a.m. ET. Team officials say details are sketchy, but what
is known is that Sabathia and his cousin were going into a hotel room with a small group of men and
At some point, two or three of the men in the group pulled a gun and demanded that the 21-year-old Sabathia and Conners, 22, turn over
their valuables. Neither man resisted.
None of the members in the group was a friend of Sabathia's or his cousin's.
"I think they met them at the bar," assistant general manager Neal Huntington told reporters. "At 21, you don't always make the best
Huntington said the team is counseling Sabathia to get him through this ordeal, adding that the young pitcher, who was scheduled to
pitch Thursday night's postponed game vs. Baltimore, came away from the robbery shaken.
"He realized he might have made a mistake," Huntington said. "But I think if you stare at the end of a gun, it will take away a little of your
Justice B. Hill is a senior writer with MLB.com. He can be reached at
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