Unfortunately, according to Aybar's agent, it's the latter:
The agent, Luis Valdez, said the distraught player was dealing with 'drinking and drugs' and that he drove alone from Atlanta to Boston to be with his brother, Francis Aybar, who lives there. Minutes later, Valdez backpedaled a bit and said he didn't know if Aybar, 24, was involved in anything other than alcohol.Bad enough that Aybar is dealing with whatever he's dealing with, but no points to the agent for mentioning drugs in one breath, and then taking it back in the other. If it turns out that drugs aren't involved, the agent just made sure that his client is guilty in the court of public opinion before being proven innocent. If drugs are involved, then the agent looks like he's trying to cover it up and that makes Aybar look bad too. Heck, now I have a twinge of doubt if Aybar even has an alcohol problem the way this agent changes his story.
The agent said Aybar was too shy and embarrassed to reach out to anyone with the team. The Braves suspended him for three days after he failed to show up for injury-rehabilitation sessions Saturday and Sunday, then suspended him indefinitely on Wednesday when he failed to show up for a meeting with manager Bobby Cox.
Aybar is on the disabled list with a sprained right hand, which he hurt during winter ball and aggravated during spring training. "It's a situation where he doesn't want anybody to help him," Valdez said. "He's embarrassed for himself, for his family."
Let's hope this has a happy ending.
Previously on The Fanhouse:
Willy Aybar Suspended