Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Monday night, reports the Greeley Tribune. He was cited for going 10-19 mph over the speed limit according to court documents. Monfort released the following statement on Tuesday:
"I'm extremely disappointed in myself for the decision I made to drink and drive and the potential risk I caused to other innocent people. I want to apologize to my family, the Colorado Rockies staff, players, Major League Baseball and of course, our fans for the embarrassment I have caused by my actions. I do understand the seriousness of my behavior and the issues that I am facing and I'm committed to do what's necessary to deal with my problem."
Monfort, 54, was released Tuesday afternoon on a $2,500 bond and will be arraigned in court on Nov. 19. He was arrested for DUI in 1999, when his blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit at .209. Charges in that case were later reduced to a driving while impaired.
Charlie and his brother Dick Monfort have owned the club since 1992. He is no longer involved in any decision-making and has been phased out of the day-to-day operations in recent years. Dick Monfort has taken over in running the team. He released this statement following his brother's arrest:
“I am extremely saddened and very disappointed to learn of my brother Charlie's arrest [Monday] night in Windsor, Colorado on DUI charges. We all understand the seriousness of this offense and the potential consequences involved when the decision to drink and drive is made. I am thankful that no one was injured.
“As troubling and intolerable as these actions are, I can tell you that I'm focused on helping Charlie get the resources he needs to overcome this problem.”
The Monforts made their fortune in the cattle-feeding and beef industries.