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Maybin 'disappointed,' contrite over DUI arrest

@mi_guardado
March 6, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants outfielder Cameron Maybin expressed remorse and apologized to teammates and others within the organization Wednesday following his arrest on a DUI charge Friday.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants outfielder Cameron Maybin expressed remorse and apologized to teammates and others within the organization Wednesday following his arrest on a DUI charge Friday.

“It’s very disappointing,” Maybin said. “I take a lot of pride in how I carry myself and conduct myself, so I’m very disappointed about the situation. It’s not the way I wanted to start off my Giants career, but I think people know my character. I don’t think this defines my character by any means. It’s an honest mistake.”

Maybin was arrested early Friday morning after police observed him driving erratically in Scottsdale at approximately 2 a.m. He had a blood alcohol level of .142, above the legal limit of .08, and failed multiple field sobriety tests, according to a report from the Scottsdale Police Department.

Maybin said he quickly informed president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and manager Bruce Bochy of the incident on Friday. The Giants subsequently reported the situation to Major League Baseball. News of Maybin’s arrest broke Tuesday, a scheduled day off for the Giants.

“The word disappointment keeps coming to mind,” Maybin said. “Especially being a guy that’s never been in trouble. I take a lot of pride in how I carry myself. You never want to be a part of adding on to any extra attention, especially negative attention. But you don’t get redos in life, so now it’s about moving forward and how do we grow from it.”

Maybin said he has received support from his teammates and hopes to use the incident as a learning experience.

“It could have been a lot worse,” Maybin said. “It could have been a very bad situation, and I’m glad that it wasn’t. I’m glad that it’s something that I can definitely have the opportunity to grow from. And I’m looking forward to growing from it.”

Maybin, 31, signed a Minor League deal with the Giants last month and will earn $1.75 million if he makes the Opening Day roster. He went hitless in his first 17 at-bats before collecting his first two Cactus League hits on Monday. Maybin was not on the Giants’ travel roster to Surprise on Wednesday, though he is expected to return to the lineup on Thursday against the A’s.

Bochy said the incident won’t affect Maybin’s standing with the club.

“He’s still trying to make the team,” Bochy said. “That hasn’t changed. He regrets it. We don’t condone it. Hopefully, this is a lesson learned for everybody. We all have done some things we regret. This is the first time for him. You hate to see it happen, but it did happen. He took full ownership of what happened, and now we’re going to move forward.”

Maria Guardado covers the Giants for MLB.com. She previously covered the Angels from 2017-18. Follow her on Twitter.