PEORIA, Ariz. – San Diego Padres pitcher Jacob Nix was arrested in Arizona on Sunday after he reportedly tried breaking into a home by squeezing through a doggie door.
Nix, 23, was with teammate Tom Cosgrove when the men entered a Peoria yard at around 3:30 a.m. and tried to enter a home on the property, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said.
Nix — who’s 6-foot-4, 220 pounds — reportedly tried getting in through a doggie door, but he was only partially inside the house when the homeowner, who’d already called the police, confronted Nix by kicking him in the face and then stunning him with a Taser.
Nix and Cosgrove allegedly ran from the home but responding officers soon corralled the duo, according to FOX5 San Diego.
Nix reportedly told police he believed he was entering his own home — even though his home doesn’t have a doggie door. He couldn’t explain why he chose to enter through the canine entrance, officials said.
The San Diego Padres pitcher was released on $100 bond. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 16, reported ESPN.
According to the complaint, Cosgrove pulled Nix out of the doggie door after the homeowner used the Taser on his teammate.
It doesn’t appear Cosgrove faces any criminal charges.
Charging documents indicate Nix was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident.
“We are aware of the alleged incident involving Jacob Nix last Sunday in Arizona,” the Padres said in a statement. “We take this matter seriously and have been in contact with the Commissioner’s Office and local authorities. Due to the ongoing legal proceedings, we will not have any further comment at this time.”
Authorities on Friday were still investigating the issue.
Nix spent the 2019 season in the Padres’ minor league system, appearing in six games across four different minor league levels. He was selected in the third round of the 2015 MLB draft and made his major league debut in 2018, going 2-5 with a 7.02 ERA in nine starts. Cosgrove has yet to appear in the majors.
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