Originally written on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 3/6/13
This is isn’t necessarily a sports story more or less but a story of life here and now. It happens way too often, in my town, your town in everytown. If you don’t believe me, read your police blog in your local paper, every day, or every week. This story was in the sport section but again could easliy be in your local section of the newspaper. I took this striaght from the sports section of Yahoo Sports so I am not claiming any credit for this. I am merely looking to make a point about drunk driving period. Boston Red Sox prospect Drake Britton, a 23-year-old pitcher in his first major-league spring training, hit 111 mph on the radar gun — just not the one anybody was hoping for. A speeding, intoxicated Britton took Florida authorities on a early-morning chase and was eventually arrested for DUI and reckless driving. Here are all the unfortunate details, via Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston: The arrest occurred at 4:42 a.m. Saturday, on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway in Estero, which is adjacent to Fort Myers. According to the arrest report, Britton, who was driving a 2008 black Chevrolet Silverado (a pickup truck), was paced at a maximum speed of 111 m.p.h. in a 45 m.p.h. zone. With a police car in pursuit, Britton’s truck swerved in between other moving vehicles and jumped over a curb, continuing down a small decline and knocking down a barbed-wire fence, according to the police report. Britton then continued down a dirt road for a quarter of a mile and attempted to pull into a wooded area before coming to a stop. When the officer approached and asked for his license, Britton first handed him his debit card. His debit card? Ouch. Maybe Britton knew this whole thing was going to cost him. In a (non)-statement released Tuesday, the Red Sox said: This is a matter that the Red Sox take very seriously, and it is being addressed. The club will not make further comment on this matter. It’s the second embarrassing incident for a Red Sox prospect this season. You might recall when Bryce Brentz shot himself while cleaning his gun. Britton’s DUI also comes not long after Todd Helton’s bizarre DUI and hilarious mugshot. Baseball’s “DUI problem,” as some have called it, has become a thing to campaign against in recent years. Incidents involving Mark Grace, Shin-Soo Choo and various other players have grabbed headlines. But this? DUI and driving 111 mph? It’s far worse than Helton going to the store to buy some lottery tickets. It’s beyond the “mistake” category. It’s reckless, selfish and completely irresponsible. Luckily, Britton didn’t hurt anyone or anything other than his own reputation and career. Case in point: He was supposed to start for the Red Sox on Sunday, but that didn’t happen. Instead, he was sent down to Double-A. Let’s hope that’s the first of a few lessons Britton learns from this incident. As the writer said in the story this beyond the mistake category, it’s reckless and selfish at any age never mind at 23 with a big league career in front of you. Yet this just underscores a bigger problem that happens way too often DUI. not just celebrities and athletes but regular folks like you and I. The difference between them and you is…nothing. There are some teams that have something in place that the player calls for a ride when they are drunk and need to get home. How often does the player use it? Not often enough. You have something in place that when you have too much to drink at your local tavern too. It’s call a cellphone, call a friend, call a relative call a cab or limo service. Once you get behind the wheel of a car drunk, all bets are off and the chances you take are mind boggling. Some of it is ego because once we drink we feel …we can do anything hence liquid courage comes into play. But is that being responisble? Think about this this young man could have hit your friend, your husband, your children, your mother or father, sister or brother. You get behind the wheel of a car drunk and you can hit your friend your husband, your children, your mother or father, sister or brother. get the picture. There is no difference between you getting drunk and getting behind the wheel of a car or a famous person doing the same thing. You both are taking the same risk and risking the same people. I have no idea what will become of this young man, or what will happen to his career. The legal system is involved now and they will have alot to say about his immediate future. Once the legal system is involved everything else will now have to revolve around that…all because someone decided to get behind the wheel drunk and drive.
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