Ex-Brave Otis Nixon charged with contributing to delinquency of minor

Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Otis Nixon is back in trouble with the law.

Online records showed Nixon, 56, was booked into the Fulton County jail Tuesday on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and permitting an unlicensed person to drive. His alleged offenses occured Sunday, records showed.

Atlanta police spokesman Officer Ralph Woolfolk confirmed Nixon’s arrest and said he turned himself in Tuesday night but could not provide further details.

Nixon was released from jail Wednesday after posting $2,500 bond.

During his 17-year career in major league baseball, Nixon’s drug problems were often highly publicized. He joined the Braves prior to the 1991 season and helped spark the worst-to-first season, but was suspended for 60 days after failing a drug test and missed the team’s trip to the World Series.

The following season, Nixon made his now famous catch, leaping high above the outfield wall to rob Pittsburgh’s Andy Van Slyke of a go-ahead home run. “The Catch” preserved a 13-game winning streak for the Braves.

In 2013, Nixon was arrested in Cherokee County after deputies conducting a traffic stop allegedly found a crack pipe and crack rock in his pickup truck.

“Otis admitted to me that the substance was crack cocaine but it didn’t belong to him,” the incident report from that arrest said. “Otis said the crack cocaine and the pipe belonged to his son.”

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