Former Royals star Johnny Damon faces resisting charge in Florida

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Posted at 3:45 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 16:45:44-05

WINDERMERE, Fla. — Former All-Star baseball player Johnny Damon was arrested Friday in central Florida on a charge of resisting an officer after he was pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to court and jail records.

Damon, 47, was booked into the Orange County Jail early Friday after an incident in Windermere, Florida, a wealthy suburb of Orlando popular with professional athletes. He is charged with resisting an officer without violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.

An online court docket did not list an attorney listed for Damon who could comment.

Jail records show that Damon's wife, Michelle Mangan-Damon, also was arrested.

Damon, who grew up in Orlando, was a two-time All-Star outfielder who played for seven Major League Baseball teams from 1995 to 2012.

He was a first-round draft pick by the Royals in 1992 and played six seasons in Kansas City from 1995-2000, leading the American League in runs scored (136) and stolen bases (46) during his final season with the team.

Damon was a key member of the 2004 World Series champion Boston Red Sox team that broke the franchise's 86-year title drought. He later signed with Boston's hated rivals, the New York Yankees, and helped the Yankees win the 2009 World Series.

41 Action News Digital Content Producer Tod Palmer contributed to this report.