The Chicago White Sox’s decision to hire Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa continues to look like a black mark on a budding organization.
Jeff Passan of ESPN reported Monday that La Russa had been arrested for drunk driving in Arizona in February, and was formally charged with DUI the day before being hired by Chicago.
But the charges were only the tip of the iceberg.
On Tuesday, Passan tweeted out the full arrest report from the incident. La Russa apparently tried to flash his credentials during the arrest:
La Russa had previously been arrested for drunk driving in 2007 after falling asleep at a traffic light near the St. Louis Cardinals’ spring training facility.
ESPN reported Monday night La Russa refused to comment on the situation. The White Sox were reportedly aware of the situation, but a team spokesman declined to comment because the case is ongoing.
Numerous reporters and baseball heads were surprised the White Sox decided to hire La Russa.
The former Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals skipper actually began his managerial career with Chicago, and he has maintained a long-standing relationship with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.
Passan reported at the time of the hire some members of the organization were disgruntled at the decision, seemingly indicating the move was orchestrated by Reinsdorf himself.
There were already questions about La Russa’s fit with this White Sox team. Chicago is a young club with players who thrive off displaying their energy and passion for the game. Conversely, the stoic La Russa has made past comments about respecting the game while also showing a lack of progressivism with respect to the issue of race in baseball.
It remains to be seen whether anything more will come of this from the White Sox’s end, though a recent report suggested nothing will happen to La Russa. Whatever happens, these details will only add to the skepticism regarding Reinsdorf’s decision to bring back his old friend.
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