Twins OF Matt Lawton has apologized, and will not be charged, after being caught on videotape spitting at a teenage fan at SkyDome in Toronto.
"The investigation is over and done with," Sgt. David Bowen said. "The two have exchanged letters that apologize to one another."
The spat took place during the seventh inning of the Twins' 14-3 victory over Toronto on Tuesday night. Lawton, while running down a foul ball, was heckled by several fans. When a 16-year-old made a particularly insulting remark, Lawton spat toward him.
"It's been resolved," Lawton said. "We wanted to apologize to the kid even though the tape shows I didn't spit on him."
The incident was caught on videotape by TSN. The tape appears to show Lawton spitting toward the fan, but is inconclusive as to whether the fan was hit. The tape also shows the fan made what appeared to be an obscene gesture to Lawton before the spitting incident.
Police Sgt. Peter Harmsen said he received a call Wednesday night from the Twins telling him that they had settled the matter with the boy's family. He also talked to the boy, who said he would no longer press charges.
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