October 25, 2016
Statement from Major League Soccer
Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and defender Liam Ridgewell were arrested Monday evening for driving under the influence of intoxicants. Gleeson faces additional accusations of reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person. Each player will undergo an assessment by MLS’ Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (“SABH”) Program doctors pursuant to the SABH Policy.
Gleeson and Ridgewell will not be eligible to participate in any competition until that assessment is complete, they are cleared for participation by the SABH Program doctors, and Major League Soccer completes its investigation. Major League Soccer will remain in close communication with the Portland Timbers, local law enforcement, and the MLS Players Union during this ongoing investigation.
Statement from Portland Timbers
All members of the Portland Timbers organization have a responsibility to this community and are expected to represent the club and city the right way. Players and staff are held accountable for their actions, and this matter will be handled appropriately. This is a serious matter, and we are disappointed in the events that resulted in these charges.
Statements from Jake Gleeson and the attorney for Liam Ridgewell
I am profoundly sorry that I let down a community that has graciously supported not only me, but my teammates as well. I take full responsibility for my behavior and will do whatever is necessary to regain the trust of the Timbers organization, the fans and Major League Soccer.
My client would like to apologize to the community, the Timbers organization and his family for his recent arrest on the charge of Driving Under the Influence. He understands that he is a role model and looks forward to earning back the trust of the community.
Sean J. Riddell
Attorney for Liam Ridgewell