Oakland Athletics star Covelli Loyce “Coco” Crisp was arrested yesterday in Scottsdale on suspicion of DUI, making him the third major-league baseball player to be charged with DUI during this year’s spring training. Associated Press reported that the irony in Coco Crisp’s situation is that that major-league security officials met with the Oakland team on Wednesday to deliver an annual lecture that included a discussion about the dangers of drunk driving.
If only Crisp got the anti-drunk driving message before the DUI arrest that day, then perhaps the whole situation could have been avoided. Now, it looks like Crisp will be facing DUI charges in the U.S. state that is known to have some of the harshest penalties for a DUI conviction. Even a first-time DUI offense in the state of Arizona is typically punishable with a 10-day jail sentence and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device.
After being released from jail on Wednesday, Crisp arrived at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on time for the team pre-game drills, but did not play in the game against the Milwaukee Brewers. It's still not clear at this point if Crisp will be facing team discipline in addition to the legal troubles that he will likely face.
On Thursday, the baseball player apologized to the team and to his fans for his arrest. According to MLB.com, Crisp said the following: "The main feeling is embarrassment. I'm sorry and that sorry is genuine. A lot of people look up to me and obviously this was not the right decision."
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