2004-04-16 / Sports

Florida Incident Forces Cyclones’ Lee To Resign

By Elio Velez

Florida Incident Forces Cyclones’ Lee To Resign

By Elio Velez

It was just a few months ago that the Brooklyn Cyclones hired Leon Lee to be the manager for the 2004 season. Now the New York Mets will once again search for a replacement as Lee surrendered to Port St. Lucie police last week.

Lee, 51, will face charges for unlawfully exposing himself to at least four female guests in a Holiday Inn in Port St. Lucie.

Port St. Lucie is the Mets’ spring training facility. Lee was instructing some of the minor leaguers who would eventually report to the Single A short season Cyclones in June.

Lee was hired after playing and/or coaching for 30 years in the major leagues and in Japan. Lee managed the Orix Blue Wave in Japan last year and his son Derrek played on the World Series champion Florida Marlins and is currently with the Chicago Cubs.

According to the St. Lucie Police Department, it was on April 5 and 6 that Lee had exposed himself naked to the women who knocked on his door. Though the circumstances were not made clear for why the women knocked on his door, the claim was made that Lee exposed himself five times on April 5 and 6.

Several people told hotel manager Michael Markham that Lee had exposed himself. Lee explained to Markham and afterwards to the police that he wore a towel or clothes each time the door was answered.

But after receiving another report from hotel guests, the police were called and a warrant was issued for Lee’s arrest. After posting a $2,000 bond, Lee denied the incident but handed his resignation to Mets GM Jim Duquette. The Mets will look for a replacement from within the organization.

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