By: Joseph Yeh
Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) A Taiwanese professional baseball team found itself
embroiled in controversy Tuesday after it announced the signing of a convicted child molester from the United States to compete in the local league.
The Taoyuan-based Lamigo Monkeys announced Tuesday that it has reached a deal with 22-year-old American lefty, Luke Heimlich. The player arrived in Taiwan that day and will initially practice with the Monkey’s minor league team, according to the team.
However, the five-time Taiwan Series champions have been widely criticized for the signing, after it was revealed that Heimlich was found guilty of child molestation in the U.S.
According to U.S. media reports, Heimlich pleaded guilty, at the age of 15, to sexually molesting his six-year-old niece. As a result, the player who was seen as a favorable high round pick in the 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft went undrafted two years in a row. [FULL STORY]