Originally posted on Sportress of Blogitude  |  Last updated 2/6/13

Longtime Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who has been with the organization since 1997, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence on Wednesday in Thornton, Colo. A Thornton police report indicates that Helton was arrested mere blocks from his home at approximately 2:39 a.m. There was no indication in the police report of Helton’s blood alcohol content, although all indications (see below) would lead most people to believe he was at least well on his way to schnockered. Unfortunately for Helton, not only does he have to bear the shame of the arrest (more on that later), he will have to forever live with this unflattering — and in all honesty, pretty sad — mugshot. Ouch. Not good. The Colorado Rockies organization released the following statement on Wednesday regarding Helton’s arrest: “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.” It appears Helton is attempting to be proactive in light of his arrest, issuing the following statement through his attorneys: “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.”  Thankfully, no one was injured as a result of Helton’s alleged drunken driving, which is most important. Hopefully, Helton will learn his lesson from his embarrassing, very public ordeal, because one mugshot like the one above is enough. That one is up there in Nick Nolte territory, man. [Denver Post] TweetThe post Rockies first baseman Todd Helton popped for DUI, and his mugshot ain’t good (photo) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

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