Always an asshole
Albert Belle: always a loose grip on reality
Police: Belle monitored ex-girlfriend with GPS device
PHOENIX -- Albert Belle tracked his ex-girlfriend with a GPS device and repeatedly threatened her, according to a police probable cause statement filed in support of stalking charges.
The 39-year-old former baseball star was arrested in Scottsdale on Thursday and charged with stalking. He made an initial court appearance late Thursday, and a judge set bail at $108,000, ordered him to be electronically monitored and to stay away from the victim.
Reached by The Associated Press on Friday morning, Belle declined to comment on the case.
"You didn't write a story about my Hall of Fame induction," Belle said. "You guys never report the good stuff that I do."
Belle's next court appearance is set for Feb. 24.
Despite impressive statistics, Belle collected just 40 of the 390 votes needed to reach the Hall of Fame in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America in January. His prickly past was blamed by many for his low vote total.
But on Feb. 3, he left her a message apologizing for "doing all that tracking stuff," the statement said. A later recording had Belle threatening the woman, telling her she needed to hire a bodyguard for protection and that she "would never know what hit her," the statement said.
The volatile Belle often ran into trouble on and off the field during his playing days.
He was fined in 1994 for using a corked bat and suspended after instigating a brawl by elbowing an opposing player. In 1991, he threw a baseball into the chest of a fan taunting him. Years later, he was fined $50,000 for berating a TV reporter and tossed a ball at a photographer.
Belle was nuts when he was famous. Now, he's got money and time, and there is no telling what he could get up to, if these charges are true.
I mean, he's famous and talented and he never got that chip off from across his shoulders.
posted by Steve @ 1:53:00 AM