Ex-Brave Jordan Schafer arrested on felony marijuana charge (UPDATED)

Jordan Schafer has bigger problems now than raising his batting average. (AP photo)

Former Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer has bigger problems now than trying to raise his batting average. (AP photo)

(UPDATED: 1 p.m.)

The Braves traded Jordan Schafer to Houston despite believing he could still be a valuable part of their future because they were able to land a proven veteran, Michael Bourn, in return. But Schafer’s future just got a little more cloudy.

The Astros’ center fielder and former Braves’ top prospect was arrested early Tuesday in Tampa on a felony marijuana possession charge.

Schafer's arrest mugshot from Tampa police.

Schafer's booking mugshot in Tampa.

The St. Petersburg Times first reported Schafer was arrested at 1:59 a.m. at the address for The Cheesecake Factory restaurant. He was released from jail at 5:15 a.m. on $2,000 cash bond.

Schafer was found in possession of 25.9 grams of marijuana. In the state of Florida, more than 20 grams is considered a third-degree felony. According to the police report, officers conducted a traffic stop after smelling what seemed to be marijuana coming out of Schafer’s car, and upon pulling him over found him with a joint in his hand.

An email to a Times reporter from the Tampa Police Dept. indicated officers also found “three small Marijuana peanut butter cups which contained 247.8 milligrams of Marijuana, according to its packaging.”

Let me just say this about Schafer: I’ve always liked him personally, and he was well-liked in the Braves’ clubhouse this season. Veterans, most notably Chipper Jones, believed he had turned the corner in his life and career after originally seeming too cocky when he first came up from the minors a few years ago.

Schafer was suspended for 50 games in 2008 for being found in violation of major league baseball’s drug policy. But the circumstances of that suspension always were cloudy — he never was tested — and Schafer disputed that he took performance-enhancing drugs.

Schafer, who maintains a home in Haines City, Fla. (south of Orlando), also battled a lot of injury problems with the Braves. He hit .240 with 15 stolen bases in 52 games before being traded to Houston, where he hit .245 with seven stolen bases in 30 games.

He now has another obstacle to overcome.

By Jeff Schultz

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244 comments Add your comment

Paul

October 4th, 2011
10:47 am

Bad turn for Mr. Schafer. Good timing for the Braves. His twitter feed just a few days ago was about being a dd for a bunch of drunks….He may not have been completely sober either.

Paul

October 4th, 2011
10:50 am

Oct. 2, “Did my good deed for the day….drving these drunk a**es home from the game n damn does this guy have stories….gotta love life”

Ross

October 4th, 2011
10:50 am

It is Florida. Farting on an elevator is a felony.

hot sauce

October 4th, 2011
10:50 am

francona to replace fredi?

richard whiskey

October 4th, 2011
10:55 am

talked to the guy a few minutes last summer in rome when he was doing a rehab assignment with the rome braves,seemed like a nice kid but not to terribly bright

Loyal Fan

October 4th, 2011
10:55 am

I’ve got news for you. Fredi isn’t going anywhere. All this talk about the fans wanting him gone because he is not Bobby Cox is exactly that: talk. I am disappointed about how things ended this year too, but we have a bright future of young stars to look forward to.

Loyal Fan

October 4th, 2011
10:55 am

I’ve got news for you. Fredi isn’t going anywhere. All this talk about the fans wanting him gone because he is not Bobby Cox is exactly that: talk. I am disappointed about how things ended this year too, but we have a bright future of young stars to look forward to.

Dadgummit

October 4th, 2011
10:55 am

Felony for pot? Wow. Must have been distributing.

Draggin' Fly

October 4th, 2011
10:57 am

“I passed along my frustrations at my inability to effectively reach the players” Francona said.

Sorry, that doesn’t sound like an upgrade to me.

Najeh Davenpoop

October 4th, 2011
10:58 am

Legalize weed already.

richard whiskey

October 4th, 2011
10:58 am

distributing or over an ounce is a felony in all states

Ads

October 4th, 2011
10:59 am

Who gets arrested and released 90 minutes later? A pro athlete that’s who. What a crock. And for a felony too.

Remarkable

October 4th, 2011
10:59 am

No He was probably not distributing, He must have had a lot of it or bought a lot of it from some cop.

Ads

October 4th, 2011
11:01 am

Btw he looks like a sf giant with that orange prison shirt. lol
He’d probably never have been arrested if it happened out there.

Larry A

October 4th, 2011
11:01 am

A quick google search shows felony simply refers to quantity – greater than 20 grams according to google.

Matt

October 4th, 2011
11:01 am

more than 20 grams is a felony in Florida (possession) or less than 25 lbs if selling.

Feeanch

October 4th, 2011
11:02 am

I follow him on twitter as well and thought nothing good could come of a tweet about his ‘boys’ and drivin their drunk asses home. Dude’s gonna have to grow up one day. Felony: not good to have next to your name in anything.

wuky

October 4th, 2011
11:03 am

If I were a professional athlete on the cusp of being a star (and earning millions), THC would have no part of my life or my closest associates. I-D-I-O-T.

The Bottom Line

October 4th, 2011
11:03 am

Time to offer Bourn that contract extension.

sit back and wait on the home run...that's how you manage

October 4th, 2011
11:05 am

Loyal Fan/Fredi Gonzalez family member,

Thanks for your input.

Bear

October 4th, 2011
11:06 am

Always thought he looked like a stooner. who cares about some weed at least it wasnt crack.

Sonny Clusters

October 4th, 2011
11:09 am

We hate to see that happen to the young man and somebody is going to say he made a mistake . . . but when he makes a conscious decision to do something wrong it is not a mistake. It’s a choice and this was a bad one. When we was playing ball we was once considered “too cocky” as well but Coach was smart enough to know that somebody had to have a little fire on the team and we couldn’t play championship baseball if we was always hugging in the dugout and fanny patting like a team we know did this season. “Too cocky” for Chipper may mean running all out to first base. We don’t know for sure but one thing we do know is some changes need to be made on the Braves before next season or there will be more of the same and that was an epic collapse we watched.

Herschel Talker

October 4th, 2011
11:10 am

Schultzie:

FIRE FREDI GONZALEZ!!! WHAT THE HECK IS TAKING SO LONG TO DO THIS OBVIOUS NECESSARY STEP?!?!?!?

HT

Not Disappointed

October 4th, 2011
11:15 am

KnightInATL

October 4th, 2011
11:15 am

The police report said he was in possession of 25 grams of marijuana. And had a marijuana joint in his left hand when he was pulled over.

Skeezix

October 4th, 2011
11:22 am

What an idiot. Promising future– but he lacks the maturity to take advantage of, and further develop, his talents. Glad he is no longer a Brave; the Braves were embarrassed enough by their Sept. collapse.

bravosfan11

October 4th, 2011
11:27 am

richard whiskey:

guess you’re not TOO bright either

a shame

October 4th, 2011
11:30 am

crackbaby

October 4th, 2011
11:37 am

St. Pete Times wrote: [i]According to Tampa police, Schafer had an expired Mississippi license tag on his black 2008 Range Rover when he was stopped on Columbus Avenue…. The report said Schafer had a marijuana joint in his left hand, and a search of the vehicle found a “clear plastic container containing a green leafy substance” which tested positive as marijuana.

The report said he was in possession of 25 grams of marijuana. In Florida, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana makes the crime a third-degree felony instead of a misdemeanor.[/i]

Don’t know what a third degree felony is. Dude must be dumb as a box of rocks. Expired tag and holding a blunt when stopped.

Joycee Banicheck

October 4th, 2011
11:38 am

my choice is what I choose to do
and if I’m causing no harm
it shouldn’t bother you
your choice is who you choose to be
and if your causin’ no harm
then you’re alright with me

if you don’t like my fire
then don’t come around
cause I’m gonna burn one down

1eyedJack

October 4th, 2011
11:39 am

“The St. Petersburg Times reported Schafer was arrested at 1:59 a.m. at the address for The Cheesecake Factory restaurant.”

Well, that figures. ;)

JoeFan

October 4th, 2011
11:41 am

Not sure going forward I would want this group of coaches handling a very promising pitching staff. There is something very wrong when a manager can’t get on most nights a minimum of 6 to 7 innings out of his starting pitching. There is no reason to over work a bullpen like the Braves’ relievers were used.

Patrick Romano

October 4th, 2011
11:41 am

Give the guy a break he’s a kid and kid’s make mistakes. So do some adults, let he who is witout sin cast the first stone, …don’t see any stones coming from this crowd.

Freddy Gone-Zah-les

October 4th, 2011
11:42 am

Far too many mary jane experts on this blog. Stop saying I need to be fired fellas. I kinda like making $3 million a year sitting in a dugout and waiting on homeruns. Your pal – Freddi

Bear

October 4th, 2011
11:42 am

Fredi Gonzalez does not need to be fired. He tried all kinds of ways to get the team jump started. Bottom line the playes did not perform at the end of the season.

PMC

October 4th, 2011
11:44 am

The word Felony should never be next to the word Marijuana unless there are weapons and violence also included.

That marijuana is still illegal is ridiculous.

Once a Druggie......

October 4th, 2011
11:46 am

Once a Druggie, always a Druggie…..Jordan is worthless!!!!!
Fredi needs to be fired.
Lowe needs to be released.
Heyward needs to be sent back to Single A Ball – he did not show or prove worthy of being on a major league team this year.

Ken Stallings

October 4th, 2011
11:48 am

Folks! Smoking weed while driving is worse than drinking a beer while driving. It is DWI, and that alone would make it a felony. It wasn’t merely stupid. It was also dangerous, for himself, but also for other totally innocent people. This is where his lack of basic maturity is revealed.

I’m glad he was traded.

Shug

October 4th, 2011
11:49 am

Creepy fiend. Glad he’s gone.

Bear

October 4th, 2011
11:52 am

ken, drinking and driving is way worse than smoking and driving. A pot head is going to go slower while a drunk will swerve, crash and kill people.

L. E. Itness

October 4th, 2011
11:52 am

“Give the guy a break he’s a kid and kid’s make mistakes.”

He’s 25 years old, that’s well into adulthood even in our youth-absorbed culture.

Danny O

October 4th, 2011
11:53 am

25 grams is nearly an ounce. One would expect that punishment for that much reefer would be significantly more harsh than for a single joint.

extremus

October 4th, 2011
11:55 am

I hate to hear that about Schafer; by all accounts it appeared he had turned a corner with regard to maturity and was beginning to establish himself as a Major League baseball player. I can say from my own experience that we’re never tempted with things we’re strong against; it’s always our weaknesses and vulnerabilities that get exploited, time and again. If you’ve never sinned or had to repeat a hard lesson then you most likely aren’t human; my hope and prayer for Jordan Schafer (as with all folks who make tragically wrong choices in their lives) is that God will grant him the grace and strength to overcome this monster in his life. A man’s soul comes before baseball or anything else.

Astro Joe

October 4th, 2011
11:57 am

Wow, debating the levels of impariment while driving. Here’s an idea, how about driving stone, cold sober?

Jackets/Packers

October 4th, 2011
11:58 am

Is there anyone HT doesn’t want fired immediately?

Cheech

October 4th, 2011
11:59 am

Those that think pot is different then alcohol while driving must have never tried to drive while high. Or you are looking for any excuse to get it legalize before your life expires. We do not need more stoned idiots driving on the ATL roads thank you very much.

All I'm Saying Is....

October 4th, 2011
12:02 pm

Schafer had every opportunity with the Braves and failed miserably. Bourn trade was an awesome one by Wren.

And “Crackbaby” is apparently a better reporter than you Schultze…at least he appears more skilled in doing a web search to get more info

LET’S GO BRAVES!

KBB

October 4th, 2011
12:02 pm

Haven’t seen the word “thug” thrown at Jordan yet. I wonder why?

Matt

October 4th, 2011
12:03 pm

They won’t legalize it because their is no way to tax it.

Once a Druggie......

October 4th, 2011
12:04 pm

Hope he gets locked up for 5 – 10 years when he is convicted! What a freaking waste!