PROSPER, Texas — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter has taken a leave of absence from the Los Angeles Angels to take care of a family issue surrounding his son, Darius McClinton-Hunter, in this Dallas suburb.
Hunter was not in the team’s lineup for Monday’s or Tuesday’s games against Oakland and has been placed on the team’s restricted list. The team said Hunter was at Angel Stadium earlier on Monday, but flew back to Texas before the game.
McClinton-Hunter was one of five Dallas-area high school students arrested in Texas earlier on Monday.
“I am a father first and a baseball player second, and obviously this is a tough situation for our family,” said Torii Hunter in a statement to The Commercial. “We were shocked at the allegations and very disappointed with how it was handled, but very confident that the fact will prove his innocence. We appreciate the prayer and support of our family and friends.”
McClinton-Hunter, 17, was arrested after a month-long investigation of a sexual assault of a child, which is a second-degree felony. Three juveniles were also arrested and Prosper police said more charges could be filed.
McClinton-Hunter was released Monday evening on $15,000 bond.
It is still unknown when Hunter will return to the team.
This article has been corrected from its original version to correct two spelling errors.