The family of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles is experiencing some ironic relief after the recent arrest of Toles in Florida last week.
Toles was found sleeping behind an airport and was taken into custody after resisting requests to leave.
Andrew’s mugshot caught fire on social media, and his sister Morgan recently commented on the news in a story published with USA Today.
“It’s really crazy to say, but the mug shot, really, was the best thing ever,” she told the newspaper. “We didn’t know whether he was dead or alive.”
Morgan Toles notes that they had been seeking help for Andrew for over a year, and although he’s still on the Dodgers restricted roster, had been in and out of jail while moving from city to city for quite some time now.
A similar incident happened in Kentucky, and he was also in a Hong Kong prison for over a month. They needed assistance from the US Embassy to get him out.
“The last time I saw my brother, I don’t even know,” Morgan Toles told USA Today. “I haven’t heard his voice in, Lord knows how long. The only difference in my brother and the homeless walking the streets in LA is that he made money. That’s it. We want to help him so badly. We are doing everything we can.”
Andrew’s father Alvin expressed similar concerns and hope in his remarks on the matters.
“You cry every day, you pray every day,” Alvin Toles said. “It’s a relief that you know he’s alive. And now there’s no need to hide anything. Everyone now knows he has a mental illness.”
“Maybe this is how God meant for this to end. Now people know. People are reaching out and asking how to help.”
Andrew was diagnosed with bi polar disorder as well as schizophrenia earlier this year, but his family has kept quiet about it until recent news.
“We just need to find him. We need to bring him home. But he keeps running. He’s in this state of paranoia. He’s running from people. He just keeps running like someone is after him.”