Michaels gets probation, community service for fight

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Jason Michaels agreed Friday to complete 100 hours of community service to settle charges that he allegedly assaulted a city police officer.

"I'm glad this matter has been resolved," Michaels, 29, told the Philadelphia Inquirer after the sentencing in Philadelphia Municipal Court. "Basically, I'm looking forward to spring training."

Under the terms of a program for first-time offenders, Michaels can seek to have his record expunged after completing the community service with the Police Athletic League.

The 29-year-old was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest for his actions outside a nightclub on July 3. He allegedly punched Officer Timothy Taylor and wrestled him to the ground, ripping his shirt and requiring other officers to subdue him.

"He was appropriately charged, and this is an appropriate
result," Assistant District Attorney Beth Grossman said.

Michaels' lawyer, Barnaby C. Wittels, did not immediately return a phone call for comment.

Michaels, who agreed this week to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with the Phillies, hit .304 with four home runs and 31
RBI in 289 at-bats last season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.