Chicago White Sox supervisor Tony La Russa says he is nonetheless extremely embarrassed by his latest DUI arrest — and says the criticism that ensued has been nothing wanting “torturous.”
There 76-year-old MLB legend was arrested for drunk driving in Phoenix, AZ again in February 2020 (after leaving a dinner with some L.A. Angels staffers throughout Spring Coaching).
Cops say La Russa wrecked his automotive throughout the incident … and bloodwork confirmed he had a BAC of .095.
However, the information of Tony’s arrest did not break until November 9 — 11 days after La Russa was employed to handle the Sox. And, many puzzled if the Sox would minimize ties with Tony in consequence (they in the end did not).
Now, TLR is lastly addressing the incident and the aftermath — admitting to USA Today, “I made no excuses, it was an inexcusable mistake.”
“It has price as a lot embarrassment personally as attainable. Anybody to suppose that this wasn’t one thing that had a really adverse influence … I imply, a part of the embarrassment and adverse emotions is the influence on the group and the followers and the people who employed me.”
La Russa later reached a deal within the prison case — he pled guilty to a lesser cost of reckless driving — however says the incident added extra stress to reach his new position with the Sox.
“There have been already sufficient questions of me managing, after which this. It has been torturous.”
There’s extra … La Russa — who was inducted into the Baseball Corridor of Fame in 2014 — admits he was involved about taking the Sox job as a result of he wasn’t certain if turning into an performing supervisor once more would imply his plaque can be pulled out of Cooperstown.
“If this chance, as nice as it’s, price me the Corridor of Fame, I wouldn’t have taken it. The Corridor of Fame is past the whole lot else.”
Seems like Tony was fearful that if he sucked as a supervisor this time round, the HOF would not let him again in!
So, Tony says he referred to as the HOF — and officers assured him he would stay a Corridor of Famer even when he took one other lively position with an MLB crew.
No stress Tony. Simply make certain to get a driver the subsequent time you’re taking an evening out with the fellas.