As reported by the Colorado Rockies, early Wednesday morning around 2am the Rockies longtime star first basemen Todd Helton was arrested for driving under the influence. This is another black eye on the sports world in general, just days after longtime Major League first basemen Mark Grace was given jail time for his second DUI.
Helton released the following statement today:
"Last evening, I exercised poor judgment and was charged with
drinking and driving after driving to a gas station near my house. I am
very sorry and embarrassed by my actions. I hold myself to a high
standard and take my responsibility as a public figure very seriously.
My entire career I have worked to set a positive example for my family
and in our community, and I fell far short of this standard."
"I sincerely ask my family, the Colorado Rockies organization, Major
League Baseball and the community to accept my apology. I make no
excuses and accept full responsibility for my actions. I humbly ask your
As a huge Helton and Rockies fan this arrest has meaning and stings. We all over the age of 21 have the right to drink, but we do not have the right to drive once we are drinking. By not having a plan on driving home after drinking, a well known and liked player such as Helton can forever have hanging over his name, a DUI charge. I have heard of people who go months or years before ever being caught for a DUI, so with that being I'm sure that at 39 years old this isn't a first time he was driving under the influence, it was his first time being caught.
What the MLB needs is to look at all the alcohol abuse not just in a players career but they need to make sure to follow up on former players to give them all the help they need. As someone who was in the army I was away from my wife and family for months to a year at a time. Sometimes you get used to living one way, such as being on the road, and then you try to transition back to home life. Before you know it you are leaving home again. Yes ball players have a dream job, they get paid millions, but lets not forget these people may have real problems too. We don't know what goes on in their life after they leave the clubhouse, are they having marriage problems, or maybe they are just depressed. As much as we all would say I wouldn't be depressed if I had millions of dollars, is flat wrong. Players like Helton who want to be out on the field but are continually injured could cause the pain of depression. I know how depressed I feel when there are limitations with me and my health. Helton states he used an error in judgement, but the Rockies need not turn a blind eye and make sure that he is really getting treatment. I think anyone caught in a DUI situation should be mandatory to have to go into a treatment program, no if and or buts about it.
As being a family whose favorite player is #17 Todd Helton, we hope you can get the help you need because I'm sure your family depends on you. In addition kids like my 10 year old son look up to him.