Colorado Rockies first basemen Todd Helton has apologized for his ‘poor judgment’ after his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Police in Thornton confirm that Helton, 39, was arrested early Wednesday for DUI.
Helton was booked into the Thornton jail and released to “a responsible party” according to Thornton police spokesman Matt Barnes.
Helton released this statement in response to his arrest:
“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 forgiveness.”
The Rockies released this statement:
We were extremely disappointed to learn that Todd was arrested this morning. 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 is number 17 and is the first basemen. He is a five-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, and three-time Gold Glove Award winner.