Boston Red Sox Prospect Jay Groome’s Father Arrested In Florida
The father of 2016 Boston Red Sox first-round pick Jay Groome has been arrested in New Jersey on numerous charges, according to a report from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
Jason Groome, 43, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, distribution of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine over one half ounce with the intent to distribute, distribution of cocaine over one half ounce, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, distribution of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm (9 mm handgun).
Groome was stopped while driving on Monday, and at the same time, his home was searched. Two other men were arrested as well. They were the focus of a three-month investigation involving several law enforcement agencies.
The Boston Red Sox issued a statement Wednesday evening.
“This is a legal matter that doesn’t directly involve our player. Of course we will continue to support Jay,” Red Sox media relations director Kevin Gregg said in a statement issued by team.
Jay is currently with Single-A Greenville Drive. The Drive said that Groome respectfully declines to make a statement at this time.
Jay Groome has dealt with a lot already in his young career. The 18-year-old pitcher dealt with an injury earlier this season and has only got back to play within the last couple of weeks.
In 19.2 innings pitched this season Groome has a 6.41 ERA. A number that is a tad deceiving given that he gave up 9 earned runs in 1.1 innings of work on April 10th, a game in which he left with an injury that sidelined him for over a month.
It is unclear at this time if Jay will miss any time due to his father arrest.