Denver, CO (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies announced that veteran
first baseman Todd Helton was arrested Wednesday morning for driving under the
influence in the Denver suburb of Thornton.
"We were extremely disappointed to learn that Todd was arrested this morning,"
the team said in a statement. "This type of behavior is taken very seriously
by our organization. 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.
"Todd is taking full accountability for his actions with his family, his fans
and the organization. The man we have grown to know has strong values that
are grounded in his family and hard work. Todd clearly understands the
severity of the situation."
Helton has spent his entire career with the Rockies, beginning in 1997. He is
a lifetime .320 hitter with 354 home runs and 1,345 RBI.
The 39-year-old is entering the last year of his contract and possibly his
final season in the majors. He enters the 2013 campaign 80 hits shy of 2,500
for his career.
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