Blog Entry

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:17 am
 
By Matt Snyder

Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly has been charged with four counts related to a DUI back on December 22, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Coonelly, 51, was reportedly driving the wrong way and had a blood alcohol content of over 0.16, which means he was more than twice the legal limit. This is Coonelly's first offense. He's currently with the Pirates for spring training in Bradenton, Fla. and has released the following statement, via Pittsburghlive.com:
"My actions that evening were irresponsible and wrong."

"I take full and sole responsibility for them. There is no excuse for ever driving under the influence of alcohol."

"My wife and I have preached to our children about the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol, not only for themselves but for the innocent drivers, passengers and pedestrians on the road," Coonelly said. "I am embarrassed that I failed to follow this advice myself on this occasion and extremely grateful no one was injured or adversely affected by this serious lapse of judgment."

"I have apologized to my wife and children, to Bob Nutting and to all of those at the Pirates organization who work so tirelessly for the club. I would also like to apologize to all of the fans and friends of the Pittsburgh Pirates. My conduct that night was uncharacteristic to my personally held values and not who I am. I will learn from this serious lapse of judgment."
Coonelly has a wife and four children. Prior to taking over as the Pirates' president in September of 2007, he was Major League Baseball's general counsel, where he advised on arbitration hearings, draft bonuses and the like. Before that, he was a lawyer in private practice in the Washington D.C. area.

His arraignment is scheduled for March 20.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnBaseball on Twitter, subscribe to the RSS feed and "like" us on Facebook.
Comments

Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:37 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

Next time take a cab.



Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:38 am
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

I bet anyone on here AJ wins 12 plus games easy! The problem is not him, get these guy's to HIT THE BALL! Another way is RUN LIKE HELL, everytime on base. The pieces are here to win this division this YEAR! HIT HIT HIT! Pitching will be outstanding you WATCH! Oupirate OUT!



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:40 am
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

If I was president of that organization, I'd be drinking heavily, too. Undecided



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:20 am
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

Burnett won't win 5 games in Pitt.


anbmookving
Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:49 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:47 am
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

A terrible owner and a drunk, excellent combination for Major League Baseball.



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:50 am
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

Keep it in the clubhouse, man.



Since: Feb 22, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:18 am
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

The bucs management must not go back to the way it was b4 last year. That 10 game losing-streak last year must not encourage them to go cheap like they were for that 15-20 year period.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:34 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

This made me laugh hard!  Good light-headed laugh.  thanks



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:10 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

 Well played BootBuster.... Well played.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com