Tribe pitcher involved in bar incident in Put-In-Bay

2:40 PM, May 22, 2012   |    comments
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PUT-IN-BAY -- Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Joe Smith was questioned by police after an incident at a Put-In-Bay bar in the early hours of Monday morning.

According to the Put-In-Bay police incident report, Smith was denied entrance to the Roundhouse Bar on Catawba Avenue because he didn't have proper ID to verify his age.

He told security he was a Cleveland Indians pitcher but security said they did not recognize him and, despite that, he needed proper ID for admittance.

The report reflects that the incident took place about 12:05 a.m. Monday.

The report states that an alleged verbal confrontation then took place between Smith and a member of the bar's security staff after Smith was allegedly called a derogatory name.

Smith and his companions were removed from the property and police were called.

By the time police arrived, Smith and his girlfriend, Cleveland TV reporter Allie LaForce, were back on a boat off Dock A, along with LaForce's mother and another LaForce relative named Jack LaForce.

Police went to the boat and asked Smith and Jack LaForce to step onto the dock to talk.

Both were placed in handcuffs and led off the dock, the report states.

It is alleged that namecalling was all that was involved between Smith and the bar security but one man had complained that Jack LaForce punched him and cut his lip.

Both men were released when the man who complained that he was assaulted physically by Jack LaForce was no longer at the bar.


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