Colorado Rockies first basemen Todd Helton was arrested early Wednesday after police discovered the 5-time All-Star driving under the influence of alcohol. According to the police report, Helton was pulled over at approximately 2:39 a.m. just a few blocks away from his home.
The 39-year-old has since released the following statement regarding the incident:
"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."
The Rockies have released the following statement:
"We were extremely disappointed to learn that Todd was arrested this morning. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization," the team said in a statement released Wednesday. "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."
Helton has spent his entire career with the Rockies and is widely considered the most accomplished player in franchise history. He has amassed 2,420 hits, 354 home runs, and 1,345 RBIs since debuting with Colorado in 1997. Furthermore, Helton is a .320 lifetime hitter.
The news of his arrest comes as a great shock to many around the baseball community as Helton has gained a reputation for being one of the cleanest players in the league.
Via Denver Post