In the Rockpile: Todd Helton arrested for DUI


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Image is a mug shot of Todd Helton
Todd Helton’s mug shot following his DUI. (Thornton Police)

The man with the spotless record and sterling reputation, Todd Helton, was arrested early Wednesday morning in Thornton, Colo., for suspicion of DUI.

This is Helton’s first major offense in his 16-year career in Colorado.

While official details are yet to emerge, the Colorado Rockies released the following 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.”

Not so long after the Rockies statement, Helton released a public apology. In his statement he apologized for his poor choice and also revealed that he was pulled over after going down the street from his house to a gas station.

While this is a blackmark on Helton, it doesn’t typify his normal behavior and what he is known for: hard work and keeping his nose clean. He now joins a lengthy list of Denver athletes previously arrested for DUI, such as Carmelo Anthony, Brandon Marshall, D.J. Williams and even former Rockies Denny Neagle and Alex White.

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  1. To me, the Rockies response was a bit harsh. We’re talking about Todd Helton here, Mr. Rockie and a possible Hall of Fame candidate. Just because he went down to the local station to gas up his car doesn’t mean that he was going on a road trip. Stuff happens. I know you’re only reporting the news, Cory. Just putting in my two cents.

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