Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Strawberry sentenced to 18 months in prison

TAMPA, Fla. -- Darryl Strawberry was sentenced to 18 months in prison Monday for violating probation, a punishment he calmly accepted by insisting, ''My life is going in the right direction.''

Dressed in an orange jail-issued uniform, the former major league star said he would ''just like to get this behind me.''

''I would like to do my 18 months and move on,'' Strawberry said. ''I don't want to have this over my head.''

In the latest in a long list of his legal problems, the 40-year-old Strawberry was ordered behind bars for violating probation for the sixth time following his 1999 conviction on drug and solicitation of prostitution charges.

The latest violation involved breaking the rules of a drug treatment center by smoking, having sex with a resident and trading baseballs for cigarettes.

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