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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: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:09 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

Dang it MrkMilton, you beat me too it. After the AJ signing, I figured he had to be hopped up on something. I just thought is was something stronger, like crack...or that he was cracked. I suppose alcohol does support the cracked theory. Idiot!



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

like others have probably already stated:  i guess this explains the A.J. signing.   only a drunkard would think he's going to provide any help at all to such a sad franchise.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:30 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

Being the president of the Pirates for the last 4 years and this is his first DUI, I give Coonelly some credit.  I know fans of this team who have received multiple DUI's in the last 4 years and a couple of them have blamed this organization directly for their indiscretions. 



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:22 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

First offense - nothing?

If he was stopped in Colorado on first offense the book would be thrown at him - max penalties and thousands of dollars for fees and restitution on all charges... uh, wait... what...

Never mind he obviously has money so it would be a no brainer that the charges would be dropped...



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:11 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

First offense?  psh.  I'd be drunk all the time if I worked for the Pirates!  Surprised



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:34 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

Uh-oh...not good at all Mr Prez.  Just when the Pirates had all the good news we got our ace AJ media, this hits the fan. At least he can defend himself in court. What a lousy franchise for such a proud city.    




Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:15 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

Fire Him along with all of the Pirates Front Office and ownership.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:12 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

Probably gonna drink more now when he realizes he's paying A.J. 13 million dollars.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:57 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

Well, now he can join the Jim Bowden Club.

(Up till now it had only the one member that I know of.) 




Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:57 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

This was kept under wraps for a while. But he made a mistake and im sure he will pay for it. But he has to use better judgment and have a driver when he goes out.


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