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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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Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:56 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

As a Pirates fan for 30 years, I ask myself if it's worse to (a) not be surprised, considering it's the Pirates, or (b) be thankful it wasn't anything MORE embarrassing. Last year was the first time in a long time that I didn't have to hang my head and mumble "Pirates" when somebody asked who my favorite team was, when they finally started to show life, and an interest in making the team better. Of course, the inevitable, not-surprising freefall once they all looked and said "We're this close to first place?? We CAN'T be this close to first! We better start losing, and fast!" was disappointing, but the team looked sharper, better, more vibrant. The front office started changing from the old ways....signing old players long past their primes (hey, it worked for Julio Franco, right?), scouting in every freaking country that DIDN'T have a long and active history of playing baseball (India?! Next time, why not try, oh, say, Iceland! They've got, like, people and stuff there, right?), being completely inept at filling one of the easiest positions you could possibly fill on a baseball diamond (how many .245, 11, 45 first basemen can you find, for crying out loud!)....and started trying to do small things, like win games and be an exciting team and all. This? This isn't much of a much, really. Coonelly made a big mistake, but he appears to have owned up to it, and hopefully, it will never happen again. He apologized for his transgression, and will have to face the consequences; no further apologies are necessary. As for the performance of the Pittsburgh Pirates? Try apologizing for THAT, Mr. Coonelly. Try admitting your embarrassment with THAT fiasco. Somewhere, somebody has to take the collar for this two decades old crime! Try coming out and explaining to the devoted fans of this 3 ring circus why the Flori...errrr, Miami Marlins can scrabble together a competent major league club and at least compete almost every single season, AND manage to win not one, but TWO championships during the 20 year losing streak the Pirates have strung together. Why a cornerstone franchise, one of the first in the creation of baseball, has to take a back seat and watch while the Marlins win TWO championships, one with the former Pirates MANAGER at the helm! Apologize for those, Mr. Coonelly.



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:55 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

I would have more respect if it read like this:

"What I did was wrong and I apologize, in the future I will use alternate transportation to events like this.  But, man... we tied one on and it was a blast!  The waitress was smoking hot and the beer was ice cold."


...and how can ya say the guy gets fired for this?  people make mistakes, does not mean you get to take everything away from them.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:51 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

I'm impressed it has been kept quiet this long. media is slipping.



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:50 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

look man!!!! the dude only had a couple iron city beers, a couple of hookers and evryone is on is case!!!! wow chill out, its the start of the lenten season!!!!



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:49 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

Season tickets for the men in blue should make this disappear. Watch!




Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:37 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

He needs to be fired immediately, but the Pirates would never do that.  Where else are they going to find someone to run there team, make sure the profits are more important than winning and keep there mouth shut about it all at the same time?



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:32 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

Having the responsibility of trying to turn the pathetic Pirates into a winning franchise would drive anybody to drink.



Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:31 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

My actions that evening were irresponsible and wrong."

"I take full and sole responsibility for them
What about driving the team in the wrong direction and stealing money from the fans who pay money to watch the Pirates???



Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:13 pm
 

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

The Buccos have averaged just under 100 losses/season under Coonelly's guiding hand.  How can they match that success now? 

Not that big of a news story, but the only time the insignificant, pathetic Pirates make headlines is for stupid stuff like DUIs, bad trades, draft busts, and taking on any portion of AJ Burnett's ridiculous salary.

Just Lose, Baby!



PADAK
Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:11 pm
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