Police: Leyritz threatened suicide

Updated: May 15, 2009, 12:15 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Former major leaguer Jim Leyritz, who is awaiting trial in Florida on DUI manslaughter charges, phoned a friend in New Jersey this week threatening suicide, according to police.

Media reports out of New York and Florida said Leyritz voluntarily checked himself into a psychiatric ward at a Hollywood, Fla., hospital Wednesday night after being taken there by Davie police.

The 45-year-old former catcher and designated hitter faces an upcoming trial in Fort Lauderdale in the December ...

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