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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.

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Comments

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:46 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

Never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed the Pittsburgh Pirates are being run by drunks.



Since: May 31, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:32 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

Cool story bro



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:47 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

"...not who I am."

Well, yes sir, you are the person who drank to excess, then CHOSE to drive.  That is exactly who you "am."

Doesn't alcohol do the most wonderful things to people?  Preach to your kids but go get effed up and drive a car.

A stone-sober driver controls about two tons of mass with incredible resulting force at speed.  It's a wonder we don't ALL die in our vehicles... especially with folks like Mr. Coonelly around.   



Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:25 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

At least he could have blown a .20, which, when you take away the decimal, matches the Pirates run of consecutive losing seasons.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:24 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

16? What a lightweight. In 1984 I blew a .34 and i was riding on my scooter, was caught taking a sip @ a stop light.
lol... You actually admit to riding a scooter?


I guess I would drink myself to a .34 if I had to ride a scooter too I guess.....


Did it at least have a motor on it?  Or was it one of those foot powered contraptions?



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:04 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

.16? What a lightweight. In 1984 I blew a .34 and i was riding on my scooter, was caught taking a sip @ a stop light.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:32 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

0.16 and was driving the wrong way? What a light weight. In Milwaukee 0.16 is warming up to go to the bars.


Love  it, my thoughts exactly, just getting warmed at that point Wink  



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:06 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

"My actions that evening were irresponsible and wrong"

That sums up his DUI and his baseball related decisions of the last 5 years.  Why must we, as Pittsburgh fans, be subjected to this perennially sh!tty team?!  There is no excuse any more other than cheap ownership and horrible GMs.  Don't talk to me about small market bs either, the Pens won a cup...  Some owner who gives a damn needs to buy the team and spend enough to build a competitive team.  If you want to make money filling seats, you need to spend a little to give the fans a reason to go.  Paging Mr Cuban, please pick up the white courtesy phone and take this team off the hands of the perpetually horrible decision makers.

 



Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:53 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

Oh, he was drunk. That explains why he acquired A.J. Burnett.



Since: Jun 2, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:35 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

I have to agree.  I met him also at Piratefest.  He is an aloof person. 


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