Sergio Romo detained -- not arrested -- in Las Vegas

Sergio Romo detained -- not arrested -- in Las Vegas
January 3, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Sergio Romo: "I love and respect the Giants, my teammates and our fans and promise to conduct myself in the future in the "San Francisco Giants Way." (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Giants closer Sergio Romo was detained-- not arrested -- on New Year's day at the Las Vegas airport, according to a report which the Giants have confirmed to CSNBayArea.com.

TMZ first reported the story Thursday.

Law enforcement told TMZ Romo became 'angry and aggressive' after he wasn't able to provide officials proper identification to get through security.

Officials also reportedly told TMZ Romo was taken to the police station at the Las Vegas airport, where he was cited for violating airport rules.  He was then escorted off the airport grounds.  TMZ said officials said Romo appeared to be under the influence. 

However, CSNBayArea.com obtained this statement from Officer Bill Cassell of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department:

"San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo was cited by police at McCarran International airport on January 1. Officer Bill Cassell says he was cited for a violation of airport rules (which runs the gamut) but was not arrested. He was cited, which is the equivalent of getting a ticket, which means he will pay a fine or argue it in court. It is Cassells understanding that Romo was not a passenger, but was either picking up or dropping off Someone."

UPDATE at 7:25 p.m.: Sergio Romo has issued this statement regarding the incident:

“I would like to sincerely apologize about the recent events at the Las Vegas airport which brought negative attention to the San Francisco Giants organization and its fans. I love and respect the Giants, my teammates and our fans and promise to conduct myself in the future in the "San Francisco Giants Way."

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