New police video exhibits cops had a dialog about Tony La Russa‘s MLB resume throughout his 2020 DUI arrest … with one officer even saying on digital camera, “This man’s just like the Michael Jordan of baseball.”
The footage of the Feb. 24, 2020 incident was launched Tuesday to WGN News … and it is fairly wild.
Within the clip, you’ll be able to see officers within the Phoenix, AZ space had approached La Russa on the facet of the street after his automotive had apparently suffered some main tire injury.
La Russa will be heard on the video having a chat with one cop about his experience … which ultimately led to questions on whether or not the 76-year-old had been ingesting earlier than getting behind the wheel.
La Russa initially mentioned he hadn’t had something to drink … however after cops instructed him he blew a .09 (the authorized restrict is .08), Tony then admitted he DID have a glass of wine earlier than driving.
Tony was ultimately positioned in cuffs and thrown at the back of a squad automotive … and that is when you’ll be able to see within the footage, he turned sad.
He griped about his cuffs, after which mentioned, “I am professional. I am with the Angels. I am a Corridor of Famer.”
In video, although, you’ll be able to see no less than one cop had no thought who La Russa was … as a result of an officer needed to clarify to the opposite La Russa’s resume.
“He is a f***ing Corridor of Famer,” one officer mentioned … earlier than including, “This man’s just like the Michael Jordan of baseball … like World Collection supervisor, like Supervisor of the Yr.”
La Russa — who was employed because the Chicago White Sox supervisor simply months after the arrest — was finally hit with two misdemeanor DUI charges, although he struck a deal with prosecutors again in Dec. 2020 to shut out the case.
Courtroom information present La Russa agreed to plead responsible to a lowered cost of reckless driving … and, in change, officers agreed to drop the opposite DUI cost.
La Russa was ordered to spend sooner or later in jail — although his lawyer mentioned the MLB supervisor was allowed to serve it by way of house confinement.
Kazan additionally mentioned La Russa was ordered to pay a $1,300 advantageous and full 20 hours of group service as a part of his sentencing.
La Russa eventually opened up in regards to the arrest in Feb. 2021, explaining, “It was an inexcusable mistake.”
La Russa has the White Sox in World Collection rivalry this yr — regardless of the rocky begin AND a public feud with star participant Yermin Mercedes — main Chicago to a 33-20 report.