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Michael Pineda pleads no contest to his DUI charge

Feb 20, 2013, 5:41 PM EST

Michael Pineda AP

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was arrested last August for DUI. Today he faced the music:

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has pleaded no contest to driving under the influence. Hillsborough County State Attorney spokesman Mark Cox says Pineda entered the plea Wednesday in a Tampa courtroom.

Pineda was socked with 50 hours of community service, a year’s probation, a $500 fine and DUI school.

  1. vallewho - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    that’s all?

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      maybe you want them to shoot him.

      • abaird2012 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        No, but around here you get a year suspension and two grand for a first offense. Plus an indeterminate amount of community service.

      • vallewho - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        “maybe you want them to shoot him.”

        No but given that his offense put regular people at risk…F’ him. He got off very easy. I have no sympathy for people that drink and drive….He even plays for my favorite team and I hope he goes on to have a great career with the NYY (if he ever makes it back and lives up to his previous potential). Still F’him for D&D.

      • Kevin S. - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        What valleywho said. Every last word.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        You dont get a year suspension for first time offender so stop making up crap

      • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        And F vallewho for being a pro madd moron, personally i think what he did should not only be legal but an olympic event!!!

  2. sabatimus - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    MLB is (not curiously) absent from comment on this matter.

  3. paperlions - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    The main point is it can happen to anybody.

    • vallewho - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      only if “anybody” decides to do it.

      • paperlions - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        Agree completely.

        I was making of Helton’s statement about his own DUI.

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    it seems good but maybe it should cost him more money then 500. sonethig so he can feel it. And might think twice

  5. tiennguyen645 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    MLB is boring sports

    • baseballisboring - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      You are stupid comments.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:43 PM

        I love that you were the one to call him on that.

  6. historiophiliac - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Maybe he could be a bus docent for community service.

  7. romoscollarbone - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    no license suspension? thats crazy. in NJ the punishment end to end sets you back about 12k. with lawyer fees, fines, dmv surcharges and insurance rates

  8. xjokerz - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    500 bucks!?

    my court / lawyer fees for mine when i received my first and only ( will never happen again ) was around 4500.. + 2 years of Driver Responsibly fees + 120 hours of community service + going to some bullshit AA meetings..and i was never in trouble with the law.

    not really complaining tho, i think it should be like 14,000 if you’re caught drinking and driving… whomever goes out drinking should have in their minds how to get home without driving.. i learned the hard way, but i see no reason not to up the charges.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Well if you went thru it like you claim then you should know it depends on what your level is, a guy who blows .012 isnt getting the same punishment as a guy who blows .025 AND you would also know that the 500 fine is just the tip of the iceberg as there isnt just one fine involved its a series of costs that come at different times. Get your facts straight!!

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