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Todd Helton arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
Helton has been arrested on DUI charges. (US Presswire)

Long-time Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The Rockies have confirmed the arrest with the following statement to local television station 9News:

We were extremely disappointed to learn that Todd was arrested this morning. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization. We know that he clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decision, the harm that could have been inflicted on others and the embarrassment his mistake has caused to himself, his family, the Colorado Rockies organization and to Major League Baseball.

Todd is taking full accountability for his actions with his family, his fans and the organization. The man we have grown to know has strong values that are grounded in his family and hard work. Todd clearly understands the severity of the situation.

Helton has now released the following statement himself:

“Last evening I exercised poor judgment and was charged with drinking and driving after driving to a gas station near my house. I am very sorry and embarrassed by my actions. I hold myself to a high standard and take my responsibility as a public figure very seriously. My entire career I have worked to set a positive example for my family and in our community and I fell far short of this standard.

I sincerely ask my family, the Colorado Rockies Organization, Major League Baseball and the community to accept my apology. I make no excuses and accept full responsibility for my actions. I humbly ask your forgiveness.”

Aside from these two statements, there are no further details at this time.

Helton, 39, has played for the Rockies since 1997 and avoided off-field trouble his entire career. He hit .238/.343/.400 with seven homers and 37 RBI in just 69 games last season. He plans on returning to the Rockies for his 17th season in 2013.

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