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Shin-Soo Choo found guilty of DUI

Jul 22, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

Choo mugshot

The Morning Journal — a suburban Cleveland paper I won’t link because their website is rife with popup ads and autoplay videos which are outrageously hostile to readers — reports that Indians’ outfielder Shin-Soo Choo pleaded no-contest to DUI charges and was found guilty yesterday.  He won’t serve any jail time, but was fined $775 and had his license suspended for all non-work purposes until November.

Choo, who is currently out until at least early August following an injury to his thumb, was arrested for a DUI on May second, after blowing a reported .201 on the old breathalyzer.  In addition to the injury and the drunk driving, he’s had a miserable year at the plate, hitting .244/.333/.353 in 306 plate appearances.

  1. Pierre Cruzatte - Jul 22, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    He’s not back early August. Latest has him out 4-6 weeks from now, and possibly beyond that range. (Not sure whether that’s been reported.) Org is legit worried about thumb’s permanent effect on his swing (structural & mechanical). The digit has a comminuted fracture, I hear.

    DUI, injury, and pre-injury numbers add up to a guy who’s going to get totally hosed in arb. And not wrongfully so, I suppose.

  2. dlevalley - Jul 22, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    “…I won’t link because their website is rife with popup ads and autoplay videos…”

    Right next to the stupendously annoying autoplay Smurfs video.

  3. yankeesgameday - Jul 22, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Still beats serving in the South Korean Army, huh?

    • The Baseball Idiot - Jul 22, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      Yeah, because it’s much better to be a convicted felon than serve your country and keep it from being enslaved by a foreign army.

      You would have been popular in Vichy France.

      • gammagammahey - Jul 22, 2011 at 2:39 PM

        My father and six of my uncles did tours of duty in the Korean military. They spent two years sitting on a base on the DMZ, smoking cigarettes, drinking beer, and learning curse words in English from the American soldiers. Granted, without their noble presence, Kim Jong-Il might have had an inclination to sneak a few soldiers over the line at some point but don’t make it sound like they’re fighting off a swarm of marauding Nazis.

      • yankeesgameday - Jul 22, 2011 at 3:28 PM

        Put on your sarcasm monitor, bra.

      • clydeserra - Jul 22, 2011 at 4:02 PM

        he is not a convicted felon

    • gammagammahey - Jul 22, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      Stuck in suburban Cleveland without a car vs. Stuck on a base on the DMZ? It’s closer than you think.

  4. genericcommenter - Jul 22, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Was this in Ohio? Minimum for a first offense includes 3 days jail or a 72 Hr Driver Intervention Program. Will he be doing a weekend program at the local Holiday Inn?

  5. genericcommenter - Jul 22, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    And actually, now that I looked at his BAC, he got off easy. Any OVI with a BAC > 0.17 is supposed to go into a higher tier of charges/penalties, including mandatory jail time- 6 days total ( can be combination jail and treatment) I believe.

  6. thelucasjj - Jul 22, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    If it wasn’t for his DL stint, his BAC would probably be higher than his batting average.

  7. rcali - Jul 22, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    How does a modern day pro athlete get found guilty of a DUI? Very shocking.

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