21 February 2009



TAMPA, Fla. - The son of Yankees senior vice president Felix Lopez was told to stop hanging out at the team’s minor league complex after senior management became aware he was arrested on a steroids possession charge in September 2002.

Felix Manuel Lopez III was seen by reporters working as a trainer with players at the Yankees minor league complex this month, performing tasks such as putting down cones for running drills in the outfield. The Yankees say he never was employed by the team and he was told by his father to stop showing up at the minor league complex.

He was charged with trafficking in illegal drugs and possession of controlled substance, according to a Hillsborough (Fla.) County Jail report that is available online. The substance was approximately 10 vials of liquid steroids, the report said.

According to the arrest record filed with the Tampa Police Department, police obtained several bottles and vials of unspecified liquid steroids as well as two boxes with six bottles of the drug GBL when they raided Lopez III’s Tampa apartment on Sept. 18, 2002.

Newsday, on its Web site Friday, reported that Lopez agreed to a plea deal in which he received three years of probation for pleading guilty to possession with intent.

The senior Lopez is married to Jessica Steinbrenner, the daughter of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. He is in his fifth season as a team senior VP, and is in charge of operations at Steinbrenner Field and the Himes minor league complex.

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