Rockies Pitcher Alex White Faces DUI Charge

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Colorado Rockies pitcher Alex White has apologized to his teammates after being briefly jailed following an arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.

White was arrested on Saturday while in Arizona at spring training. He spoke with team management Sunday morning.

The Rockies say White understands he made a mistake and the embarrassment it has caused.

The 23-year-old White was acquired last summer from Cleveland in the trade for Ubaldo Jimenez.

White is vying for a spot in the Colorado rotation. He went 2-4 with an 8.42 ERA in seven starts with the Rockies last season.

Colorado Rockies Press Release on Alex White arrest:
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – The following statement from the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club is in response to the arrest last night of pitcher Alex White for driving under the influence of alcohol in Scottsdale, Arizona.

We were extremely disappointed to learn that Alex White had been arrested last night. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization, and through our discussions with him we know that he clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decisions, the harm that could have been inflicted on others and the embarrassment his mistake has caused himself, his family and the organization.

Alex is taking full accountability for his actions with his teammates and manager. The man we have grown to know is a dedicated teammate who has strong values that are grounded in his family and hard work. We believe he will learn from his unfortunate decision and clearly understands the severity of the situation.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 05:28 AM
    Personally, I do not care. DUI is very common.
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      by Obama on Mar 5, 2012 at 06:09 AM in reply to
      DUI is also very serious. He put lives at risk.
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      by SamIam on Mar 5, 2012 at 07:21 AM in reply to
      Yeah call me when a drunk driver kills someone in your family and tell me that you don't care. Sit there as they put someone you love into the ground dead before their time bc of someone drinking and being irresponsible. I pray you never get that call
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        by Yeah but... on Mar 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM in reply to SamIam
        I understand your concern and was actually hit by a drunk driver some years ago, but facts are facts and this is why I do not care. In 2009, the alcohol-related death rate nationwide was 0.63 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. Your chance of being killed or seriously injured by a drunk driver is insignificant. You stand a better chance of winning $100K in the lottery. On the other hand, your chance of being robbed in the Walmart parking lot is tremendously high and that I do care about.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 01:07 PM in reply to
      Here is a followup: Every day in the US, an average of 31.2 people are killed by a drunk driver. The US population is 311,519,917. This results in a .00001% chance of you being killed by a drunk driver each day. In my simple opinion, this statistic does not deserve all of the attention it gets. On average, 82 people die from accidentally poisoning themselves each day. You are 150% more likely to die each day by poisoning yourself. You are 100 times more likely to have your car stolen; about 10000 times more likely to be robbed... It just does not happen that much and I personally do not believe it is a big deal... Yes, if you kill someone drunk driving, then you should face charges, but it very rarely happens...
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        by Brandon on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:33 AM in reply to
        Those numbers tell me the system is working, Anonymous. Alex, while a terrific young man, got caught and maybe it will prevent him from doing it again. Maybe that next time would've resulted in a death or the time after that. Your statistics prove the measures that are in place are effect. This is a story about somebody who got caught afterall. I've known him since he was 10 and firmly believe he has learned a valuable lesson that he'll apply in the future.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 05:11 AM
    Can't say that I didn't see this coming sooner or later.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 06:15 PM in reply to Anonymous
      OMG share the news
  • by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2012 at 11:22 PM
    If you really wanna get to brass tacks,,he is a Pitt County resident. Didnt see that or DH Conley mentioned either. Get a life ,,where the man went to school doesnt make a hill of beans.
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      by Yes it does on Mar 5, 2012 at 04:57 AM in reply to
      Yes it does. The person below is absolutely right. Had he gone to ECU the headline would have said that. WITN will do anything they can to try and make ECU look bad. It's so dumb.
  • by Will Location: ECU on Mar 4, 2012 at 09:21 PM
    Had Alex White gone to ECU, WITN would rightfully use the title "Former ECU Pitcher..." because ECU is in Eastern NC, unlike UNC. It has nothing to do with a bias and everything to do with relevance to the area thats WITN's target market. Stop being paranoid.
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      by REM on Mar 5, 2012 at 05:03 AM in reply to Will
      WITN reports on news stories all over NC, but they mainly focus on ENC. Exactly as the person said below, had it been an ECU player, that would have been the main focus of the story. Next you are going to tell me that WITN doesn't race bait either?
  • by Good Job Witn on Mar 4, 2012 at 06:07 PM
    If he played for ECU the title would be "Former ECU Pitcher faces DUI charges" but since he played for the great UNC, WITN can't say "Former Tar-Heel faces DUI charges". Really WITN it goes both ways
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      by REM on Mar 5, 2012 at 05:02 AM in reply to Good Job Witn
      Exactly! But then again, there is no such thing as media bias. lol
  • by Moderators Nightmare on Mar 4, 2012 at 05:48 PM
    Hey! It the Carolina way!
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Mar 4, 2012 at 02:47 PM
    Another Tarheel in the news!!! The "Carolina Way" contiinues!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 03:16 AM in reply to Dave
      Tarholes in the news, John Edwards will be in the news next. The cheaters never win, goes to show you kids, you reep what you sow!
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