The words “athlete”, “off-season” and “DUI” are frequently found in the same sentence and it isn’t germane to any particular sport.
The latest contestant is Todd Helton of the Colorado Rockies. Helton was arrested Wednesday morning for drunken driving, according to ESPN, and was kind enough to provide some comic relief by way of his mugshot. He may be the first person in history to pass out while taking a mugshot.
The five-time All-Star was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Denver suburb of Thornton and charged with drunken driving and careless driving.
In a statement released by the Rockies, Helton said he’s embarrassed and apologized to his family, the team and the community.
“Last evening I exercised poor judgment and was charged with drinking and driving after driving to a gas station near my house,” Helton said in a statement released through the team. “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.”