Braves suspend minor leaguer Heath indefinitely

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA – The Braves announced Friday they have suspended minor league pitcher Deunte Heath, who was arrested Thursday night in Kissimmee, Fla. on misdemeanor charges for soliciting a prostitute.

Heath was released from jail Friday and sent home to Decatur, Ga. by the Braves.

“The club is continuing to gather information regarding the charges against him in Osceola County, Fla. and will have no further comment at this time,” the Braves said in a statement released by spokesman Brad Hainje.

Heath allegedly solicited a prostitute from internet ads.

Heath, 24, pitched in 32 games last year in Class AA Mississippi and Class AAA Gwinnett, going 2-6 with a 5.20 ERA. The Atlanta native was drafted by the Braves in the 19th round in 2006 out of the University of Tennessee.

Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson, who played with Heath during stints in Class A Rome and Myrtle Beach, as well as Class AA Mississippi, was stunned at the news about a person he considered a good teammate.

“He’s one of my favorite guys I’ve ever played with,” Hanson said Friday morning. “He’s an awesome dude. He would do anything for anybody. That looks bad on his character, but that’s not who he is. He’s a really good guy.”

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March 26th, 2010
1:33 pm

GetwhatUpayfor

March 26th, 2010
1:38 pm

Why suspend the kid? A Jones did more than that at GOLD CLUB in Atlanta and not one word was said by Braves Management. Guess the Rich can get by and the lower levels pay the bills. The kid made a mistake, its not like Schafer and drugs a year or so ago. Get the kid help and forgive.

Deunte Heath

March 26th, 2010
1:47 pm

She told me it was just a massage

RHR

March 26th, 2010
1:49 pm

Oh snap…the Braves went all Elin on his ass!

Pepe Frias

March 26th, 2010
1:52 pm

RHR- That was a reach and not even mildly amusing.

elviskl

March 26th, 2010
1:54 pm

AND WE ARE LEFT TO PONDER HANK AARONS CONCERNS ABOUT MORE BLACKS IN BASEBALL

LET'SPLAYBALL

March 26th, 2010
1:59 pm

Got to feel sorry for this kid! Honestly, I think that the punishment was
a bit harsh for the crime!

The Dogfighter Returns

March 26th, 2010
2:08 pm

Are the braves really this stupid? what else is there to gather? :) He got busted trying to pay for sex.

He is not a baller like big ben or tiger.

What people should be concerned with is why cops are wasting time trying to trap adults willing to exchange cash for sex.

This is just a way to keep law enforcement,lawyers, and prisons, employed.

Any man who doesn’t have to do anything to get sex is one lucky person. be it cash, dinner, movies, clothes, she sure as hell is going to make you pay for it.

Duke Hazzard

March 26th, 2010
2:10 pm

Unless he had cocaine some other illegal substance, he just be the punch line of club house jokes. I know the kid and he’s a good person and player-player. What was the real harm???

ugaaccountant

March 26th, 2010
2:14 pm

I think the suspension’s alot easier to hand out to a AAA guy who had really bad stats last year. When this happened with Ray Buchannan, did the Falcons suspend him? What about gold club Andruw Jones, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, etc.?

JTH

March 26th, 2010
2:15 pm

He was just doing his part to “stimulate” the economy and support single working mothers.

chc4

March 26th, 2010
2:21 pm

“Got to feel sorry for this kid!”

Uh really? Why is that exactly?

Hotlanta Spurs

March 26th, 2010
2:43 pm

didn’t we learn anything from last week’s South Park? you are note supposed to get caught

John

March 26th, 2010
2:46 pm

You wonder why Baseball does not have more black athletes? Prime example. It’s amazing how you never see white athletes get in trouble, especially baseball. Yet you look at the NBA or NFL and the thugs are constantly in trouble.

CLJACKETS

March 26th, 2010
2:46 pm

I played summer ball with ‘Tay’ in 2005 before he signed with Tenn. and this is really sad. He always seemed like a good kid with a good head on his shoulders. Nice kid, nice family…shocker!

LET'SPLAYBALL

March 26th, 2010
2:55 pm

Well, chc4, let’s see….I feel sorry for him because his name has been all over
the news, he’s been indefinately suspended, and all because he made a mistake
that didn’t hurt anyone. This will have an impact on him the rest of his
life. I wouldn’t want my dirty laundry aired out, how bout you? Remember, this is a YOUNG
man we are talking about. I guess I could almost see my son doing something stupid like
this and it’s sad if it damages someone to this extent. Just an opinion.

Hollywould

March 26th, 2010
3:11 pm

Suspended? Please, he made a small mistake. I bet if his E.R.A. was under 2 it would have been swept under.

DRUG FREE

March 26th, 2010
4:20 pm

He would have 50 game if it was drugs or alcohol. Lets ruin his career for sex. Way to go Braves!!! Smoke 1! Drank 6! Don’t buy SEX!

DRUG FREE

March 26th, 2010
4:24 pm

I forgot 1. Get a shot in your bottom with steroids like Mr. Jordan S.

DEUNTA

March 26th, 2010
4:34 pm

BUT MASTARS, MY BALLS BE SWOLDED

GTSteve

March 26th, 2010
4:38 pm

Hollywould

March 26th, 2010
3:11 pm

Suspended? Please, he made a small mistake. I bet if his E.R.A. was under 2 it would have been swept under.

Bingo

the cox man

March 26th, 2010
4:41 pm

much ado about nothing

Coach

March 26th, 2010
4:52 pm

I coached this kid through little league, and he is one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet. Not to mention his talent! Give him a break for a young mistake, and don’t make an example out of him and ruin his career. I bet the same person that gave the suspension made a few advances on a hooker or two in his day.

Matt Diaz

March 26th, 2010
5:22 pm

This guy needs to find a clue!!!

eastbound and down

March 26th, 2010
5:36 pm

yea, white sport stars never get into trouble..big ben, clemens, etc.

eastbound and down

March 26th, 2010
5:38 pm

oh yea, and jordan s. doping.

WW

March 26th, 2010
5:39 pm

@ John. I’m black and that comment is hilarious. I know your smarter than that and just trying to get a rise out of somebody. Nice try.

mexican brave

March 26th, 2010
5:43 pm

come on..who hasn´t done that?

BIG BEE

March 26th, 2010
5:51 pm

Let’s see now, what did Chipper Jones do?

DEUNTA

March 26th, 2010
6:33 pm

BIG BEES, YOUS GOT ME ON THAT ONES, EYES REMEMBER THE HOOTER CHICK…………..YO SHOW RIGHT

Braves Forever

March 26th, 2010
7:33 pm

Give the kid a break…He made a mistake….He should be able to pay a fine to the local magistrate and that should be the end of it.. Case closed!!….Suspending him from his job is wrong. How many employers would suspend an employee for commiting a misdemeanor?

Youngerthan Thatnow

March 26th, 2010
7:33 pm

The Braves brass reacted like most professional sports brass does… swallow a camel and choke on a gnat. He should be disciplined and I’m not defending him… don’t know him… but you can bet that if it was a “top prospect” that the punishment would have been different.

Also it would have been different if the Braves trained in Port St. Lowsy or VD Vero Beach… this is the vacation capital of the whole frickin’ world and the Orlando police have been trying to clean this up for ten years or more. They need to spend more time cruisin the OBTrail and they can see more free lance work happening on any night on the sidewalk than you’ll find on CL all week.

Like somebody else said… we all pay for it in some fashion… it’s just that most of the other ways to pay for it are legal.

D-MAN

March 26th, 2010
8:01 pm

UT strikes again!

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Doug Markham

March 26th, 2010
10:00 pm

I just saw the arrest of this young man broadcast by local ATL stations. What in the world is going on? It looked like some reality show was far more involved in this minor event than should ever be allowed. The kid messed up, but not near as much as those of us who think it’s ok to slam this kid to the floor and broadcast his face to the world because he wanted sex with an adult female.

akem heath

March 26th, 2010
10:00 pm

cuzo man forget what these people talking about man forgwet them i still love you hundred percent love you big dawg

BG

March 27th, 2010
9:15 am

I had the opportunity to play with Deunte right out of high school. He was a very nice guy and a very loyal teammate. This is a little out of character from the way I remember him. He did it and there is no argument there, but it seems a little blown out of proportion to me. I don’t get the suspension, or even if a suspension, the sending him home. He made a mistake, he will bounce back.

Ghostrider

March 27th, 2010
9:35 am

Gas, Grass or Ass…nobody gets a free ride….

Buy Choice

March 27th, 2010
11:20 am

I think this is ridiculous…it is shameful journalism, and if we did this to every one society would be so up in arms. What about the women that sit at a bar, size a man up by his suit or his attire.Then ask them to buy them a drink. If he says yes, they sleep with them, if he says no…they go on to the next target.
Men expect to have to pay something to impress a woman or make an inroads into some sort of physical relationship. After getting burned so many times by all these pretty women I just gave up. Now I only get with fat chicks with jobs, they pay me and feed me and let me do whatever I want. No more paying for sex, I get it free, plus benefits. Any man that invests his time or money into golddiggers is a fool. CraigsList is the new undercover operation for police, just get people into the system and keep the money rolling.

JERY

March 27th, 2010
12:01 pm

HE IS 24. I MADE THE SAME MISTAKE WHEN I WAS 24. I JUST WASNT THINKING PROPERLY AT THE TIME. AGAIN, I WAS 24. ITS BEEN 14 YEARS SINCE MY BLUNDER AND THERE IS NOT ONE HOUR THAT GOES BY THAT I DONT PUNISH MYSELF INSIDE. I WANTED SO BAD JUST TO END MY LIFE AFTER IT HAPPENED BECAUSE OF THE EMBARRESSMENT AND HUMILATION I CAUSED MYSELF AND MY FAMILY. I CANT IMAGINE BEING A PROFESSIONAL ATHELETE AND IT BEING IN THE SPOTLIGHT NONSTOP. MINE WAS JUST IN THE LOCAL PAPER, ONCE. I ASK EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE ATLANTA BRAVES, TO FORGIVE HIM. HE IS ONLY 24.

Duncan

March 27th, 2010
4:24 pm

Tony La Russa drives drunk and gets a slap on the wrist.He should have been fired.
It’s about who you are not what you do

LostCause

March 27th, 2010
5:18 pm

He just seems to be an extension of a trend with the UT Volunteer athletes. Hopefully better people will come out of this school soon.

nikole

March 27th, 2010
9:17 pm

Y go to the extreme for something so petty. He is a good player and a good guy lets not take his career from him. He doesnt drink do drugs or anything, he made a mistake im pretty sure it wont happen again.

rico43

March 29th, 2010
8:07 am

I’m tempted to call this a victimless crime, but it’s looking like Heath’s career might be the biggest victim. Come on Braves, this is slap on the wrist stuff — unless you’re looking to get rid of him.

AKEM HEATH

March 29th, 2010
1:09 pm

WHY ARE PEOPLE ON HERE TRYING TO ACT LIKE ITS HIM COMMENTING ON THESE THINGS OMG YALL GONE BE A GROUPIE DANG AND THEN YALL DIDNT SPELL HIS NAME RIGHT OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU CUZO TO DEATH I DONT LOOK AT YOU DIFFERENT THE FEDS DIDNT HAVE NOTHING BETTER ELSE TO DO SO THEY WANTED A BLACK GUY.YOU SEE IT WAS CRACKERS WHO CAME IN AND GOT YOU BUT ITS COOL THOUGH I LOVE YOU TO DEATH CUZO KEEP YO HEAD UP {IF MIKE VICK GOT AWAY FROM DOG FIGHTING YOU CAN GET AWAY FROM THIS YOU DIDNT TOUCH THE GIRL DAMN THEY KILL ME

AKEM HEATH

March 29th, 2010
1:26 pm

CUZO DROP 10,000 DOLLARS FOR A BOND GOT LOCKED UP THEN GOT RIGHT BACK OUT THAT WAS A WASTE OF TIME HAHA STUPID CRACKERS

Timmy B

March 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

Set that man free……heck….he’s got tension build up!

akem heath

March 30th, 2010
11:26 am

thank you tim get off my cuzin nuts

High School Baseball Coach

March 30th, 2010
3:16 pm

Deunte is one of the finest young men I’ve had the opportunity to coach. He made a mistake and I hope that he will not be crucified for the mistake for the rest of his life. I hope and pray that he gets a 2nd chance to make his dreams come true. Keep your head up son!

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