Philadelphia Union forward CJ Sapong was arrested for driving under the influence and reckless driving, according to a press release from the team. The incident happened early Friday morning, and Sapong was arraigned later that night and released on his own recognizance per Kevin Kinkead of CBS 3.
According to criminal docket, Sapong is looking at a first offense for DUI, plus reckless driving, it happened in Philadelphia county— Kevin Kinkead (@KevinKCBS3) May 2, 2015
Sapong was arraigned tonight at 8:44pm. He'll have a status hearing on May 11th.— Kevin Kinkead (@KevinKCBS3) May 2, 2015
Additionally, Sapong will be required to undergo an assessment by doctor's employed by the MLS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program before he is allowed to play again. So unless that assessment is today, it looks as though the Union will be without Sapong for their match against Toronto. It is unknown how long Sapong will be away from the team, but it would be incredibly likely that he will face a suspension from the league once they conclude their investigation.
Union Technical Director Chris Alright released a statement after the arrest:
We were alerted to the situation this morning and have been in contact with the league office, law enforcement and C.J.’s family. Moving forward, we will continue to work together with the League in following the appropriate procedures. We will have further comment once more information is available
This news could not come at a worse time for a Union squad that just can't catch a break this season. Sapong has been one of the few bright spots on this squad tallying a goal and an assist so far this season. The Union will now take a serious hit to their wing and forward depth with the loss of Sapong, meaning they may have to call up some reinforcements from Harrisburg.