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Rockies’ Alex White arrested for DUI in Arizona

Mar 4, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

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Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Rockies starter Alex White was arrested Saturday night near the team’s spring training complex in Arizona for driving under the influence of alcohol.

White claims that he only had two drinks before the arrest, but he failed both a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer. He was released from jail at 10:25 p.m.

The Rockies have released a written statement:

“We were extremely disappointed to learn that Alex White had been arrested last night. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization, and through our discussions with him we know that he clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decisions, the harm that could have been inflicted on others and the embarrassment his mistake has caused himself, his family and the organization. Alex is taking full accountability for his actions with his teammates and manager. The man we have grown to know is a dedicated teammate who has strong values that are grounded in his family and hard work. We believe he will learn from his unfortunate decision and clearly understands the severity of the situation.”

White is aiming to lock up a spot in the Rockies’ starting rotation this spring after registering a 1.80 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 38/6 K/BB ratio in 40 innings last season between Double-A and Triple-A. The 23-year-old right-hander from North Carolina had a 7.01 ERA in his first 51 1/3 major league frames.

  1. rip4gehrig - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Dummy

  2. Kevin Gillman - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Wow, I believe this is the 3rd time he has been arrested for drinking, twice in less than a year. He has to know how blessed he is to have God Given ability to play baseball, don’t blow this. I rooted for him when he was with the Indians, and I am rooting for him, despite him now being in Colorado. But he has to make smart choices in his lifestyle. Bottom line.

    • Pierre Cruzatte - Mar 4, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      You got links to the other arrests? Those had flown under my radar, apparently.

      • Kevin Gillman - Mar 4, 2012 at 6:52 PM

        One of them I was thinking of Drew Pomerainz, sorry. That took place this offseason too. The other incident took place at a bar in Akron, I believe. But regardless, it was a stupid choice he made. Players have to be responsible, especially if they are making that kind of money.

    • ezthinking - Mar 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      FYI – Pomeranz was arrested for disorderly conduct at Ol’ Miss. That charge was dropped.

      • Kevin Gillman - Mar 4, 2012 at 7:44 PM

        AND he was arrested this offseason too.

      • Kevin Gillman - Mar 4, 2012 at 7:49 PM

        http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7101303/drew-pomeranz-colorado-rockies-arrested-mississippi

  3. azvikefan - Mar 5, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    I don’t follow the Grapefruit league much except for my Twins, but are there a lot of DUI’s in spring in Florida? I live in Phoenix and this sort of thing happens a couple times a year.

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