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Derek Jeter draws Air Force apology after news of boating citation near MacDill surfaces

MacDill Air Force base security forces stopped Derek Jeter just before 5:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July, according to the base, and wrote the former Yankees captain a ticket with a $250 fine and $30 processing fee. [Getty Images (2013)] 

MacDill Air Force base security forces stopped Derek Jeter just before 5:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July, according to the base, and wrote the former Yankees captain a ticket with a $250 fine and $30 processing fee. [Getty Images (2013)] 

TAMPA — Derek Jeter, Davis Islands resident and retired All-Star baseball player for the New York Yankees, was issued a citation Monday by the U.S. Air Force for boating into a restricted area near MacDill Air Force Base.

Air Force security forces stopped Jeter just before 5:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July, according to the base, and wrote the former Yankees shortstop a ticket that carries a $250 fine plus a $30 processing fee.

The citation came to light after an active-duty Air Force service member posted a photo of the citation to a personal social media page, MacDill spokesman Terry Montrose said in news release.

The Air Force apologized for the post and said the airman would be disciplined. "This action is totally inconsistent with Air Force values and the responsible Airman will face the appropriate disciplinary action," Montrose said. "We sincerely apologize to Mr. Jeter for any inconvenience."

Montrose said he could not identify the airman Tuesday and didn't know whether the airman played a role in issuing the citation.

A personal Facebook post surfaced depicting one photo of the citation purportedly issued to Jeter and a second photo from behind of someone on a boat. The Facebook post appears to have been removed but a screen shot appeared Tuesday on the wesbsite totalprosports.com.

"On behalf of the Boston Red Sox, here is your ticket Derek Jeter," the caption on the post said.

Jeter owns a 2015 Yamaha fiberglass pleasure boat, according to Florida vehicle registration records, but it was unclear Tuesday whether he was operating the vessel Monday.

Jeter, who retired as a major-league baseball player in 2014, owns a seven-bedroom, 30,000-square-foot mansion on the eastern shore of Davis Islands, about 5 miles by water northeast of the MacDill boundary.

Signs are posted in the waters 1,000 meters from the MacDill shoreline to warn boaters against entering the restricted area, Montrose said. It's common for security forces to cite boaters there, he said, adding that it's "really easy to drift into those waters."

Jeter could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Times senior news researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Contact Samuel Howard at (813) 226-3373 or showard@tampabay.com. Follow @SamuelHHoward.

Derek Jeter draws Air Force apology after news of boating citation near MacDill surfaces 07/05/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 8:13am]
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