Jayson Werth : Ex-Phillies star did not enjoy jail time

Jayson Werth : Ex-Phillies star did not enjoy jail time

Jayson Werth, The Nationals outfielder opens up about his five-day stay in “detention.” He doesn’t recommend it to anyone.

“It’s a time in my life that I’m glad it’s behind me,” Werth said in a telephone conversation Wednesday night with The Washington Post. “I’ve had time to reflect on the whole thing. I want to talk about it one time, and kind of lay it to rest. I’m ready to put it behind me. I’ve learned my lesson. I don’t recommend the experience I had to anyone, really. It’s not something that was fun. It’s not a destination you would choose.”

Werth plead guilty to driving his Porsche 105 mph on I-495 in Fairfax County, Va, last July.

After signing a seven-year, $126 million deal with the Nationals in 2010, Werth built a home in McLean. He hopes this incident doesn’t cast a shadow on his place in the D.C. community.

“I don’t want to be looked at as some renegade in the community,” Werth said. “I live here. I felt like maybe some people might have the wrong idea of me. This doesn’t look the best. It was a one-time event. I was on my way to work one day. It was a Sunday morning. There was no one around on the Beltway. At the same time, I felt like people may have the wrong idea of me. In reflection, I thought, ‘What can I do make this right?’ ”
Werth, 36, spoke about his time in jail.

“You get taken in, and they give you a jumpsuit, which are a lot more comfortable than you’d think,” Werth said. “It depends on where you go — what floor or what cellblock. For me, you go in, and you’re just in with a bunch of other people who are in serving their time. You’re just in there. It’s just boring. You’re in detention, essentially.”

Werth said the guards and inmates were supportive.

“Where I was wasn’t the same kind of thing you may have seen on TV or the movies,” Werth said. “That goes for the guys that were in there. The inmates were very supportive. The guards were very supportive. Nats Nation holds no bounds. It’s grown a lot since I got here, I’ll say that. It wasn’t so bad I’m like a different person. It was just an experience you went through. You get over it. You get through it.”