Apparently, there are some videos online of Ian Kahaloa doing copious amounts of cocaine and possessing large quantities of weed. Plus, he is nowhere to be found in Reds training camp. Not looking good for the young RHP who had a promising 2016. Sounds like he is stupid enough to throw away a golden opportunity like this. Damn shame.
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Post by redsfanman on Mar 22, 2017 10:40:50 GMT -5
:/ Hopefully drug rehab and stuff can get him ready before rookie ball starts up, even though he should be headed to Dayton for his full-season debut. I got the impression the video was posted more recently than the start of camp, so likely an ongoing issue... the Reds have clearly tried to keep it quiet...
Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Ian Kahaloa has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old right-hander was the team's fifth-round pick out of a Hawaii high school in the 2015 draft. This year, Baseball America ranked him 26th among the team's top 30 prospects, although he fell out of the top 30 for MLB.com after appearing there a year ago.
The positive test was his second, according to the announcement. Under MLB's Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, a first positive test triggers only a "mandatory evaluation and follow-up testing." A third positive test would result in a 100-game suspension, while a fourth results in a permanent ban from affiliated baseball.
Under the program, a "drug of abuse" means a recreational drug such as – but not limited to – marijuana, cocaine or opiates. Which drug triggered a positive test is always kept confidential.
Last season was Kahaloa's second in pro ball, and his first full year after being drafted. He made 10 starts with Rookie-Advanced Billings, posting a 2.82 ERA and striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings.
At some point after he submitted that sample, but before his suspension was announced, the 19-year-old appears to have posted videos of his drug use on Snapchat.
Those videos were discovered by Twitter user @reds_1fan. There are four clips posted in total, two of which appear to feature drugs, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
One of those videos shows someone using a rolled up dollar bill to snort what appears to be cocaine. The camera then quickly pans up to show what looks to be Kahaloa drinking out of a large bottle of Coca-Cola while in a Reds shirt. The Snapchat posting was captioned “Party time lets go”.
A second video shows a bong and what appears to be a large amount of marijuana, before transitioning to a photo of what appears to be two lines of cocaine. Two other videos, both captioned “Wake and bake,” also show a bong and marijuana. The second of those then transitions to a video of Kahaloa using a Snapchat filter to look like a deer.
When asked whether the person in the video was actually Kahaloa, Reds player development director Jeff Graupe told the Enquirer, “to the best of our understanding, yes.” He added that the Reds are working to get Kahaloa the “help and assistance that [they] believe he needs.”
Our scouting department really did their due diligence looking into his character.
At least he didn't throw a bong at his mother's head in a video like Tanner Rahier would do.
It seems likely that he didn't have a drug problem to discover 2 years ago, when he was drafted around age 17. As a 5th round pick he was signed for $300,000, nearly $70k below slot value, after an over-slow $400,000 offer was pulled for 'elbow concerns'. Those 'elbow concerns' haven't manifested themselves yet, so maybe it's a cover for other concerns.