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Matt Bush Arrested for Running Over Motorcyclist

Matt Bush has been arrested for running over a motorcyclist. This is not the first time that Bush has been in trouble.

Matt Bush is the former overall No.1 pick in the 2004 Major League Baseball draft. Bush was drafted by his hometown team, the San Diego Padres.

However, only two weeks after accepting a bonus offer of $3.15 million from the San Diego Padres, Bush was involved in several altercations that related to the use of alcohol. At this point the San Diego Padres considered the possibility of voiding his contract, but they decided to stick with him.

Injuries and alcohol

Bush spent five years with his hometown San Diego Padres. During that time, the Padres converted him from a shortstop to a pitcher, but Bush hurt his arm and had to have what is known as Tommy John surgery. Added to that, Bush fell back into problems related to alcohol. Finally, in 2009, after another incident related to alcohol, the San Diego Padres traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays put Matt Bush on their 40-man roster. However, Bush got drunk and missed a 7 o’clock workout. The Toronto Blue Jays released him on April 1, 2009.

The Tampa Bay Rays signed Matt Bush later in 2009. Even though he was injured for most of 2010, the Rays saw enough to place him on their 40-man roster before the 2011 season. It seemed like a sure thing that sometime in 2012, Bush would be called up from pitching in Triple-A and finally make his major league debut.

Thursday night incident

Then, Thursday night happened. Bush allegedly stole his spring training roommate Brandon Guyer’s 2011 Dodge SUV. He went to a strip club and got drunk. He then got up on the stage at the club before bouncers got him out of the club.

As Bush got back on the road in Guyer’s SUV, he hit a 72-year-old motorcyclist named Tony Tufano who was riding home. To make matters worse, Bush did not stop to check on the man’s injuries and ran over Tufano’s head as he sped away attempting a hit and run. Thankfully, Tony Tufano was wearing a helmet. Bush drove away with a blood alcohol level of .18, which is more than twice the legal level that is allowed in Florida.

Now, Bush is in the Charlotte County jail where he has been charged with multiple DUI violations and leaving the scene of the accident. If Tony Tufano dies from his injuries, Bush will probably spend at least two years in jail. That is the minimum penalty in Florida when a hit-and-run DUI results in a death. If Tony Tufano lives, the penalty will be lessened. This is especially true because Bush pleaded down his previous crimes to misdemeanors.

Tufano in medically-induced coma

On Monday, Tony Tufano was placed in a medically-induced coma and is hooked up to a respirator and feeding tube. His condition is listed as critical, but his family is optimistic about his recovery.

The family of Tufano is planning on bringing a civil lawsuit against Bush. They have also named Guyer in the lawsuit.

The baseball future of Matt Bush seems certain to be over as he may be considered “persona non grata.” However, when you can throw a baseball 97, 98 or 99 mph, you never know for sure.
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