From The Pitch:
Mizzou first baseman Gavin Stark is not having a very good season. The Lee’s Summit native has started just four games (down from 17 the previous year), and he’s hitting just .091. And now he has been suspended from the team and is facing felony charges after allegedly going a little nuts Monday night.
A witness told the MU Police Department that the witness was sitting near Reynolds Alumni Center on campus when Stark approached him. The ballplayer allegedly threw the witness’s laptop on the ground and began trying to punch him. The MUPD says that after the punches failed to land, the infielder picked up a rock and threatened the witness, who ran from Stark. Then Stark allegedly got weirder.
Police say he used the rock to smash a window in the alumni center and climb through the broken glass into a room that had been set up for a meeting. According to The Columbia Missourian, Stark than broke and damaged “lamps, lamp shades, tables and coffee cups” before police arrived on the scene.
MUPD Chief Brian Weimer told the paper that the first baseman “assumed a fighting stance and started yelling profanities at the officers.” After a short chase, officers arrested Stark.
Stark, 22, faces charges of felony burglary, resisting arrest (another felony) and property damage. Weimer told the paper that officers believe Stark was intoxicated at the time of his arrest.
With this kind of behavior it is rumored that head football coach Gary Pinkel is looking to offer Stark a spot on the team.