DeShields Jr. releases statement

Delino DeShields Jr., who was arrested early Sunday after being charged driving under the influence of alcohol, minor in possession of alcohol and a traffic violation, released a statement on his Facebook page on Monday:

“I take the responsibility of being a role model seriously and apologize to my fans and community, who continue to support my family and I during this unfortunate incident. I look forward to putting this matter behind me and sincerely appreciate the respect of privacy during this personal matter.”

DeShields Jr., 18, was arrested by the Athens-Clark County Police Department and booked at 1:06 a.m. ET, according to jail computer records obtained by MLB.com. He was released after posting a $2,500 bond for the three offenses — $500 for underage possession and the traffic violation and $1,500 for the DUI, all of which are misdemeanors.

The Astros selected DeShields Jr. with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 Draft and signed him to a $2.15 million bonus.

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