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Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly faces four drunken driving-related charges after an incident on Dec. 22 in suburban Pittsburgh.
Police in Ross Township, Pa., charged Coonelly, 51, with one count each of drunken driving, driving the wrong way, careless driving and driving with a blood-alcohol content of at least twice the state's legal limit of .08.
The DUI charges are misdemeanors. Driving the wrong way and careless driving are summary offenses. Coonelly waived his right to a hearing on Feb. 1 and was released on his own recognizance. His arraignment is March 20 in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.
Coonelly arrived Thursday at the Pirates' training complex, but did not speak with reporters. The team issued a statement from Coonelly and Bob Nutting, the Pirates' principal owner.
''My actions that evening were irresponsible and wrong,'' Coonelly said. ''I take full and sole responsibility for them. There is no excuse for ever driving under the influence of alcohol. My conduct that night was uncharacteristic to my personally held values.''
Coonelly said he apologized to his family, as well as to Nutting and others in the Pirates front office. Nutting said Coonelly contacted him ''immediately'' after the incident.
''I expressed my extreme disappointment in his actions,'' Nutting said. ''I know ... he clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decisions, the harm that could have been inflicted on others and the embarrassment his mistakes have caused the organization.''
Coonelly was hired on Sept. 13, 2007, shortly after Nutting took control of the team from former owner Kevin McClatchy. Before joining the Pirates, Coonelly was senior vice president and general counsel of labor for Major League Baseball.
Before joining the commissioner's office, Coonelly practiced labor and employment law in Washington, D.C. He also represented several clubs in salary arbitration matters.
''In the years I have gotten to know Frank personally, I have learned he is a dedicated husband and father who has strong values that are grounded in his family, religion and hard work,'' Nutting said. ''These mistakes are not characteristic of the man that I know and I am confident he has learned from them.''
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According to Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly was charged with a DUI on December 22nd. Coonelly had a blood-alcohol content of .16, which is higher than the Pennsylvania legal limit of .08.
Pennsylvania has a tiered system for DUI charges. A blood-alcohol content of .16 or higher is the fourth of four tiers. A first time offense in that range draws a fine...
Dejan Kovacevic reported today that Pirates president Frank Coonelly has been charged with four counts related to drunk driving in Ross Township on December 22nd.
Coonelly’s blood-alcohol was .16, twice the legal limit for Pennsylvania.
“My actions that evening were irresponsible and wrong,” Coonelly said in a statement. He arrived this morning in Bradenton, Fla., to join the...
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The pertinent details are here. In short, he got a DUI shortly before Christmas, he's ashamed, and Bob Nutting is disappointed. It seems like Coonelly is willing to accept the consequences for his actions and it seems like Nutting is willing to stand behind him. I don't really have a lot to add: I'm sure that the significant portion of the fanbase that dislikes Coonelly...
Pirates president Frank Coonelly this morning said he plans to do some sort of public service with an anti-drunk driving group.
Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly faces four drunken driving-related charges after an incident on Dec. 22 in suburban Pittsburgh. Police in Ross Township, Pa., charged Coonelly, 51, with one count each of drunken driving, driving the wrong way, careless driving and driving with a blood-alcohol content of at least twice the state's legal limit of .08.
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The best outcome would be for Pirates president Frank Coonelly and the team to squeeze some good out of this situation.
Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly is facing four drunken driving-related charges stemming from an incident on December 22.
It has been confirmed that 93.7 is currently censoring their hosts from talking about Frank Coonelly’s DUI. As you know “The FAN” broadcasts the Pirates and this is a pathetic example of them bowing to the hand feeds them. Its obvious this is happening judging from the on air content, but we’ve confirmed it with [...]
Pittsburgh Pirates President, and PR nightmare, Frank Coonelly was arrested for DUI. I really kicked around even writing about this before I realized that I did it for Hines Ward I might as well do it in this case too. I’m not a Front Office hater or whatever wants to be said, but Coonelly’s actions [...]
Camp is now in full swing down in Bradenton. While it’s certainly great to have news tidbits, pictures, and videos flowing in…there’s honestly not a whole lot to talk about yet. You should all be following Bill Brink, Michael Sanserino, Rob Biertempfel, Tom Singer, and Kristy Robinson to make sure you don’t miss any of those news bits, because I’m not going to be able to...