On Wednesday, Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested in Colorado for drunk driving. His blood alcohol level was above the legal limit but was redacted from the police report.
“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. “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.
Helton “sincerely” asked his “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,” he said. “I humbly ask your forgiveness.”
The Colorado Rockies organization noted Helton was “taking full accountability for his actions with his family, his fans and the organization,” and “clearly understands the severity of the situation.”
“We were extremely disappointed to learn that Todd was arrested. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization,” the Rockies said in a statement. “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.