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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
"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: Feb 23, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:56 am
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Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:34 am

Report: Pirates president charged with DUI

He's LYING, how do I know, he's a LAWYER haha. Most jobs, you get punished for driving twice the legal limit. As a Pirates fan, nothing fazes me except OPENING DAY, I like everything we have in place except, upper management and the friggin OWNER! GO BUCS, somehow I think we can win this division, if we can HIT the ball better, OUPIRATE OUT!

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