Probation Officers: Strawberry Kicked Out of Treatment Center for Behavior Problems

Former baseball star Darryl Strawberry was kicked out of a drug treatment center for infractions that included having sex with a female resident, according to a court report released Wednesday.

Probation officers said Strawberry also violated the strict rules of Phoenix House, 80 miles north of Tampa, when he exchanged baseballs for cigarettes, autographed baseball cards and clothing, and gave money to other residents.

Strawberry was also cited for not taking medications properly and being caught smoking behind the dormitories.

Under a "behavior contract," the former All-Star had agreed to stop those activities and to refrain from making threats to residents and staff. The report, prepared for review by a judge, did not detail the threats.

Strawberry, who is married, told his probation officer Tuesday that he had sex with a female resident three days earlier. He also cursed at a counselor in December.

Strawberry was transferred to the Marion County Jail on Tuesday, his 40th birthday. He will be returned to Tampa to face Hillsborough Circuit Judge Florence Foster, who has repeatedly ordered him to undergo drug treatment rather than send him to prison for violating probation.

On Wednesday, he appeared briefly before a judge Wednesday to be advised of the charge against him. He could face up to 18 months in prison under a sentence that was imposed last year but suspended pending completion of the drug program.

Strawberry's wife, Charisse, said Wednesday she did not feel comfortable discussing the situation.

"I have three very young children who are my focus right now," she said in a statement. "Unfortunately this is part of the devastation of the disease of alcoholism and addiction."

Strawberry was on World Series championship teams with the New York Mets in 1986 and the New York Yankees in 1996 and 1999. Along with drug and prostitution problems, he has been treated for colon and stomach cancer. Recent tests showed no signs of the disease.