WHEELING, W.Va. — Former West Virginia baseball standout Jarod Rine was arrested and charged with heroin possession Monday after police reportedly found him intoxicated at a Subway restaurant.

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Former Big East baseball player of the year Jarod Rine was arrested Monday in Wheeling.

Rine, 32, of Valley Grove, was named Big East co-player of the year in 2003, when he batted .403 with nine home runs, 34 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. A month later he became a ninth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles and spent two minor-league seasons in the their farm system.

Police were called to a Subway in Wheeling after restaurant employees notified them of a man appearing to be intoxicated who had been in the restroom for 15 minutes, said Deputy Chief Martin Kimball. Rine tried to flee the scene when officers arrived but was incoherent and could not open his car door, according to the arrest report. Officers found a belt, a syringe and an emptied heroin bag in the restroom and subsequently located more heroin bags in Rine’s vehicle.

Rine was treated at a local hospital before being taken to Northern Regional Jail, where a spokesperson said he posted bond later Monday.

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  • Grateful

    I've known and played sports with Jarod my entire life. He is a great guy and i expect for him to overcome this. I was once in his shoes and overcame it. It is a very long hard road but I have faith in him. Prayers for Jarod and his family.

  • Must be drug of choice

    Heroin must be the "IN" drug. Another former Marshall County (and WLU) athlete got busted this week. Unfortunately for her family, she received "above the fold" coverage in the Wheeling paper.

  • karl

    We are fascinated and enthusiastic about what you are talking about here. karl http://cancerwecan.com/wp-content/uploads/melhor-tratamento-para-estrias.jpg

  • Optimist

    I agree with a lot of things said above but here's the facts, he is a addict and until he gets help things will continue to get worse. This is not his first go around with problems directly relating to his addiction. If I remember correctly a number of years ago he overdosed and was very lucky to make a full recovery. It appeared to most that his life was turned and headed on the right path but old habits die hard. Addicts are liars first and addicts second, and what I mean as the addiction is the most important thing to people like Jarod and its truly sad. Addicts will lie and lie to everyone that cares about them, family, friends and co workers. It's very sad that he fell back into his demons. It will take time, rehab and rebuilding of his relationships with friends and family to recover from his addiction. Remember he was a athlete that had very strict dedication to baseball so without a doubt when he wants to become a former addict he will an will succeed. Wish the best to Jarod and his family it will be a long road to recovery.

  • Be different. Be perfect.

    I have known Jarod nearly his entire life and he has clearly hit rock bottom. We can sit here and debate how he got here and who is to blame, but that will accomplish nothing. He is to blame, he will recognize that soon, and then he will get back up on his feet, tell his story and help others for the rest of his life. We will look back 20 years from now and see that him helping others deal with this terrible, rapidly rising epidemic from growing, will be the greatest achievement in his life, far exceeding any athletic achievement. So all you doubters, pessimists, and losers who have nothing better to do than ridicule him while he is down, please continue, it will provide plenty of inspiration for him. Life is too short folks, help someone everyday. You will find more happiness that way.

  • Villian?

    Not sure why writer used the word "Villian". Seems to me Jarod has only hurt his family and himself. He may have reached villian status if he wasn't stopped by local police and prevented from driving. Subway people should be thanked and considered HERO's especially if others didn't know of Jarod's problem , and he gets help successfully. ........Not sure why those on here choose to ridicule PRESS though. They are there to sell NEWS of local public figures and others good or bad. It's why they stay in business. They will love to "sell" a success story in the future. As for now a % will show compassion, others like seeing "the man" fail to make themselves feel better. I'm the former with Jarod and others, but know we aren't going to change the small minds of others.

    • Friend of Reason

      Villian because if this was John Smith, he would not get as much press coverage but being as he is not, his concsequences are more severe. I appreciate media, but a positive follow up I guarantee will not be pursued and published while I am positive recovery will happen. I hope I'm proven wrong. Lets just hope his life turn around is not inhibited by the press as I'm sure your smart enough to know not all are as forgiving and in this day and age of search engines a reputation can be tarnished forever. Not a debate, I agree with your points.

      • Villian?

        Positive "follow ups" are often pursued with down fallen people. Bob Ney's recent article comes to mind. Most probably don't want them. The enfamous Paint Huffer even had one only to have a relapse.......I actually think the Wheeling paper has finally improved itself on this sensationalism of quasi-local celebrities. Jarod got off a lot better than than another local athlete of similar baseball success for a DUI last winter. .....Bottom line is the majority of the public may crack a joke in bad taste, but they want people like the four I mentioned to succeed in erasing their "demons" , and those who DON'T aren't worth worrying about anyways. Good luck, Jarod. Make the naysayers wrong. Time is on your side.

  • Jarod's Uncle Jim

    Jarod is a good kid and athlete who got hooked on pain killers playing baseball. Like Josh Hamilton, Jeff Allison and Evan Gattis he will fight this disease. Please don't comment on his struggles you don't know the whole story. Please give Jarod and his family some respect and space to deal with this setback in his rehab.

  • Friend of Jarod

    I just want to say that I have known Jarod for over 30 years, We may have not been in the same click growing up or even stayed in touch. Jarod was and is a great person and a great athlete. We all bleed red and noone has the right to judge anyone. Everyone will be jugde by our maker on day. Bad things happen to good people. I will be praying for you and family Jarod. God will help you all through this. And anyone who thinks its easy when opiates are involed, you people have no idea. Maybe if you all could walk a mile in his shoes you wouldnt pass judgement so fast. I just hope that one day you all or your loved ones wont have to go through something like this, cause if so God have mercy on your soul<3

  • Friend of Reason

    And the media, shame on them. The real story is pain killers in athletics and addiction, yet I suppose that's too challenging for low tier media outlets. Jarod was stand out athlete yet the media loved to write about, yet now he is a villain? Which supports my statement that these guys have no one looking out for them when in the system. Jeff Allison, of the Marlins, similar case...

    Do research before passing judgement.

    • MLB physician

      As a physician I find it difficult to read this statement and accept that the pain pills are the cause. If you look at the percentage of the population that has taken narcotics prescribed for acute post operative pain and how many of them who have not become heroin addicts its not the physicians fault. If we don't prescribe them we are not sensitive to our patients needs and get graded on that. If we do and people have a problem it's our fault we prescribe them. Adults have to be held responsible for their actions. As a surgeon I have treated MLB players and we don't prescribe narcotics unless they have had surgery. I feel bad for Mr. Rine and his family. I hope his treatment works effectively. Don't blame physicians or pills for adults misuse of them.

  • co worker

    Well I worked with Jarod, and I don't fell bad for him not one bit. He has or had a very good paying job. There are hundreds of ppl wanting the job we have, to throw that away shame on you. Are company offers the one of the best programs for ppl with drug or alcohol problems.

  • hailey

    What a bunch of jerks with thier snide comments.... how about some compassion, I do not know the man but I hope it all works out for him in the end. Good luck Mr Rine and I hope you recover and get your life on track

  • ben

    Is this the real subway diet that the other Jarod did?

  • Habib Haddad

    There are far better things to do with your life than drugs, Jarod. So what you didn't make the show. Coach someone that will. Use that God given talent. Such a shame.


      Was he on the show called BUCKWILD?