CINCINNATI - Even though the majority of the Tri-State is still riding high after the Cincinnati Reds won the National League Central Division championship, a group of people are upset after some players were seen smoking cigars in the team's clubhouse.
The Cincinnati Health Department confirmed Thursday that five people called the statewide smoking ban complaint hotline and that the team will be investigated for violations of the state smoking ban.
Numerous players could be seen on TV smoking cigars given out by Reds owner Bob Castellini Tuesday night after the team beat the Houston Astros to clinch its first playoff berth since 1995.
Health department spokesman Rocky Merz told 9 News the health department cannot rely on video and that a health inspector has to actually see someone in the act of smoking.
He added that under State law, a health inspector is required to go out and investigate. An initial violation would result in the Reds receiving a letter and no fine. If an inspector sees someone smoking for a second time, the Reds could be fined $100.
Merz added that Castellini will soon receive a letter informing him of the alleged violation.
Merz said the health department usually looks at repeat offenders and this particular incident is only a complaint that will be investigated. However, since the complaints were filed anonymously, inspectors will not be to conduct interviews.
Meanwhile, the Reds are currently the number 3 seed in the National League and slated to play at the Philadelphia Phillies when the playoffs begin next Wednesday.
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