Josh Beckett arrested for public intoxication after allegedly tackling singer

Former MLB pitcher Josh Beckett was arrested early Saturday after tackling a country music singer at an open mic night in Texas. (AP)

Former MLB pitcher Josh Beckett was arrested early Saturday after he allegedly charged the stage and tackled a country singer while his band was performing at an open mic night at a Texas country club.

According to TMZ, the 37-year-old Beckett was arrested and charged with public intoxication. Upon their arrival on the scene, officers determined Beckett to be a danger to himself and those around him.

Beckett reportedly admitted to stage diving in the police report. His lawyer told TMZ that his client was simply engaging in “horseplay” when the incident occurred.

TMZ posted a photo of a blurred figure, reported to be Beckett, just before tackling the singer. The photo shows Beckett airborne while other band members looked on.

That photo indicates a rather aggressive form of horseplay.

Not helping Beckett’s case in the band’s singer reported multiple injuries resulting from the incident. Those include torn rotator cuff and dislocated shoulder. Beckett reportedly banged his knee on a speaker during the alleged incident.

Beckett last pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014. In one of his final outings on May 25, Beckett pitched the first and only no-hitter of his career against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Beckett also pitched for the then Florida Marlins and Boston Red Sox, leading both to World Series championships in 2003 and 2007 respectively.

Saturday’s incident remains under investigation.

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