Former Detroit Tigers’ outfielder Ron LeFlore was signing autographs at the Gibralter Trade Center show over the weekend. It’s a great gig…unless you’re way behind in your child support payments.
At $4 a pop, Ron LeFlore and ex-Cy Young winner Denny McLain were bargains at the popular Detroit area card show. McLain, we assume, went home after satisfying fans’ requests. LeFlore wasn’t quite as lucky.
Officers stopped by the signing table and told him he was under arrest for failing to pay $73,000 in child support. Thanks to a tip from LeFlore’s ex-girlfriend, Wayne County sheriff’s deputies took him in not long after the ink dried.
The 58 year-old former outfielder was said to be cooperative with the deputies who had been dispatched. After a Monday court appearance, LeFlore had two options: serve 45 days in jail or cough up $12,000 toward the $73,000 he owes. It’s the second time LeFlore has been arrested in a public setting over the child support issue. In 1999, he was taken away after participating in the closing ceremonies for Tiger Stadium.
LeFlore is married and lives in Clearwater, Florida. The daughter he fathered with his former common law wife is now 31.
He’s led an ‘interesting’ life. The speedy outfielder served two sentences for robbery before being discovered in prison and was signed by the Tigers in the 1970s. LeFlore spent several years in the majors, leading the American League with 68 steals in 1978, and the National League with 97 for the Expos in 1980.
His prison-to-majors story was made into a TV movie starring LeVar Burton.
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