Two-time World Series champion Johnny Damon suggested he has been targeted for his political views during video of his arrest for DUI.
The 47-year-old was stopped last month near his home in Windermere, Florida, after reports he was driving erratically, hit a curb and drove past a stop sign line. Video of the incident was recently provided this week to WKMG News 6 Orlando.
After admitting he had had a “little bit” to drink, Damon and his wife, Michelle Mangan-Damon, began to argue with the officer. “I am Blue Lives Matter,” Damon is heard saying on the video. Mangan-Damon then scuffles with the officer, saying: “This is bullshit. Look at our license plate. We have Blue Lives Matter. Like, this is crazy. What’s going on right now?”
Damon also mentions that people are “targeting me because I’m a [Donald] Trump supporter.” When Damon is asked if he is willing to undergo a sobriety test, he says: “I would be because I’m a big boy.”
Damon has been charged with driving under the influence and resisting arrest, while Mangan-Damon was charged with resisting an officer with violence and battery of a law enforcement officer.
According to the arrest report, Damon’s blood alcohol level was nearly four times Florida’s legal limit for driving.
Damon had a 17-year career in Major League Baseball and won World Series with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in 2004 and 2009 respectively. The outfielder was named an All-Star twice, in 2002 and 2005.