And it got started because Zack Meisel, a reporter for Indians.com, tweeted that Perez was "arrested for drug possession," and that police in Rocky River, Ohio, "confirm" it. One problem: It wasn't true, and Perez may not be involved at all.
Meisel's original tweet—"BREAKING: Indians closer Chris Perez was arrested for drug possession, Rocky River police confirm"—has since been deleted, but not before other outlets picked it up and sprinted away with it:
Cleveland Scene has updated its initial story, but the mistaken original can still be accessed on its mobile site:
And this was a headline that appeared on the Cleveland Plain Dealer's website a short while ago:
Turns out there was no such arrest. A package of "narcotics" had been delivered to Perez's home in Rocky River. That package, which is being analyzed by investigators, was "believed to contain marijuana," according to the Plain Dealer, though cops are still investigating. (Update: The Plain Dealer has since updated its story, which now says the chief of police referred only to "a controlled substance.").
Police tell me Cleveland Indians Chris Perez HAS NOT BEEN ARRESTED OR CHARGED!!!!— Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylor19) June 5, 2013
Something was mailed and US Postal Service marked it as suspicious. They delivered it and someone accepted it at Chris Perez home.— Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylor19) June 5, 2013
Rocky River police say Chris Perez was not arrested, just questioned after drug-package was delivered to the house he's renting.— WKSU (@WKSU) June 5, 2013
Here's Meisel again, with a quote he's attributing to police:
Rocky River police: "A search warrant was conducted, evidence was obtained and charges will be forthcoming." #Perez— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) June 5, 2013
But does the situation involve Perez?
Previous inhabitants of Perez's residence investigated "on numerous occasions for quite a volley of incidents," according to police chief.— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) June 5, 2013
Police say numerous times over the past 10 years they have been at the house but before Chris Perez lived there. Perez is renting house.— Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylor19) June 5, 2013
So, in two hours, we've gone from Chris Perez, drug user and possible criminal, to Chris Perez, guy who rents a house.
Update (June 7, 2013, 11:20 a.m.): Perez and his wife have been charged with misdemeanor possession for allegedly having "a little more than a third of a pound" of weed mailed to their home. This story is so dumb.
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