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Former Boston Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez is in a world of trouble today. The former four-year Red Sox reportedly is under state and federal investigation, possibly in relation to a large-scale drug trafficking scheme. WEEI’s Kirk Minihane first hinted at the news, while ABC News’ Michele McPhee confirmed Hanley is under state and federal investigation.
— Michele McPhee (@MicheleMcPhee) June 22, 2018
BREAKING: Hanley Ramirez Under State and Federal Investigation
While Ramirez is certainly under investigation, the exact cause of the investigation remains unknown. According to various unconfirmed rumors, Ramirez is under investigation for possible connections to a large-scale drug ring. Unconfirmed reports say that some point near the end of May, Ramirez received a damning FaceTime call. These reports state that somebody was pulled over with three kilos of cocaine in their car, and promptly FaceTimed Hanley.
(Update: Via CBS Sports, McPhee confirmed that the alleged incident did indeed happen. Per McPhee, a friend of Ramirez’ was caught with 435 grams of fentanyl and a large amount of crack cocaine. Once caught, the suspect reportedly claimed some of the drugs belonged to Ramirez, and FaceTimed him. Additionally, McPhee says that these events closely align with the Red Sox decision to designate Ramirez for assignment.)
The Boston Red Sox PR has denied any knowledge of Hanley’s action, saying that they only found out today. They’re standing by their initial statement that the Hanley Ramirez release was nothing more than a baseball decision.
Hanley Ramirez’ agent, Adam Kantz, has released a statement saying that this is news to Hanley, too. “Hanley has no knowledge of any of the allegations contained in this media report and he is not aware of any investigation.”
Ramirez was initially released on May 25th at 3:00 in the morning. Despite being due over $15 million, the Red Sox decided to cut bait with the first baseman, electing to roll with Mitch Moreland and Blake Swihart. Ramirez was in the midst of a rough slump, and that was the presumed reason for Ramirez’ release.
Red Sox Unfiltered will have more on this story as it develops.