Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer was arrested slightly after midnight this morning in Florida. Schafer was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. Police stopped Schafer for an expired license plate near a Tampa Cheesecake Factory.
When police approached Schafer’s 2008 Land Rover they noticed a powerful aroma of marijuana. Schafer was said to be holding a lit doobie and to be in possession of a bag containing nearly an ounce of weed. Schafer was released about five hours later after posting bail. The maximum penalty for felony possession in Florida is five years in jail and a $5,000 fine. If Schafer has a clean record and a decent attorney he will likely receive a suspended sentence and probation. Otherwise, he is looking at a very costly goon ride. Schafer tweeted last night about tailgating for the Buccaneers football game. Apparently he was just getting the party started. I would like to chalk this episode up to youthful exuberance, since Schafer is only 25. But someone in his position has to exercise better judgement. First of all Jordan, renew your vehicle’s registration. If that’s too much trouble then rent a limo to go out partying.
The Astros organization has yet to comment on Schafer’s situation. Drayton McLane usually doesn’t take too kindly to this sort of nonsense. It will be interesting to see what sort of stance the Astros take going forward.