The Seibu Lions announced today that they suspended nineteen-year-old Tatsuya Imai for underage smoking. The suspension will start on February 7 and end in May. Imai will not be allowed to wear the Seibu uniform and will not be allowed to play in any games during the suspension.
The Lions received a report from an outside source that Imai was spotted smoking in Tokorozawa in late-January. They confirmed the report was true after they sat down with Imai on February 5.
[UPDATE 4/30 @ 1:21pm]
The Seibu Lions announced today that Imai’s suspension will officially end on May 1.