Derek Jeter gets apology from Air Force over Facebook post

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New York Yankees batter Derek Jeter stands at the batters box at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sep 13, 2014 in Baltimore, Md. Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun Staff/MCT
New York Yankees batter Derek Jeter stands at the batters box at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sep 13, 2014 in Baltimore, Md. Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun Staff/MCT

Derek Jeter gets apology from Air Force over Facebook post

by: Associated Press | .
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published: July 08, 2016

  TAMPA, Fla. — The U.S. Air Force has apologized to Derek Jeter after an active-duty member posted a photo on Facebook of a citation issued to the retired New York Yankee shortstop for boating in a restricted area near MacDill Air Force Base on the Fourth of July.

Jeter, who lives on Tampa's Davis Islands, was stopped by Air Force security forces Monday and ticketed $250 plus a $30 processing fee.

The issue came to light because of the Facebook posting.

"This action is totally inconsistent with Air Force values and the responsible airman will face the appropriate disciplinary action," MacDill spokesman Terry Montrose said in a news release. "We sincerely apologize to Mr. Jeter for any inconvenience."

Montrose declined to identify the airman Tuesday and said he didn't know whether the airman played a role in issuing the citation.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the post had two photos, one showing the citation and another that showed someone on a boat. The caption said, "On behalf of the Boston Red Sox, here is your ticket Derek Jeter."

Jeter, who retired from Major League Baseball in 2014, owns a 30,000-square-foot mansion about 5 miles by water northeast of the MacDill boundary.

Signs posted some 1,000 meters from the shore warn boaters against entering the area. Montrose says it's common for security forces to issue citations to boaters. He says it's "really easy to drift into those waters."

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