Oakland A’s: Tony La Russa arrest gets worse with every report
By David Hill
Former Oakland A’s manager Tony La Russa had been arrested for his second DUI. Each new report makes the arrest even worse.
The Chicago White Sox decision to hire former Oakland A’s manager Tony La Russa as their new skipper was controversial at best. La Russa had retired after the 2011 season, and while he remained a part of the game in a front office capacity, it was fair to wonder if he would still be able to be one of the top managers in the game.
Questions about La Russa became even louder recently. It was revealed that he had been arrested for his second DUI, formally being charged on October 28. These charges were filed one day before he was hired, despite the White Sox knowing about the incident.
According to reports, La Russa had been returning from dinner with friends when he hit a curb. His car was blocking the right hand lane of State Highway 143 in Arizona, where he claimed to have hit something and had a flat tire. La Russa was then arrested after failing a breathalyzer test when it indicated that he had a .090 BAC.
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On Tuesday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan revealed more details about the arrest. La Russa had continued to talk on the phone with AAA instead of providing his license, throwing his cash and credit cards on the passenger seat. He eventually provided identification after going through his money and cards, overlooking the license twice.
La Russa also initially refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, saying that he did not trust them. When he was arrested, he asked the arresting officer if he “saw his ring,” and continued on by saying that he is a “Hall of Fame baseball person” and that the officer was trying to embarrass him with the arrest.
This was La Russa’s second DUI arrest. Back in 2007, he was arrested in Florida after he fell asleep behind the wheel of his car. While he may be facing discipline from Major League Baseball, and could receive up to a ten day prison sentence, the White Sox will not be doing anything about his latest intoxicated misadventures.
Former Oakland A’s manager Tony La Russa has been charged with his second DUI. It remains to be seen what, if any, punishment he will receive.