Todd Helton was arrested last night in Colorado and charged with driving under the influence. 9NEWS reports that he was taken into custody, but news of the circumstance, exact location and time of the arrest have not yet been released.
The Colorado Rockies have reached an official statement addressing the arrest:
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.
Helton is truly one of the “good guys” in MLB. With Chipper Jones retiring, the former Tennessee Volunteer back-up quarterback to Peyton Manning is now the fourth-most senior active MLB player to have spent his entire career with one club, behind Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. It’s a shame to see Todd ultimately fall prey to the same pitfalls as so many other role models have. Helton is a five-time All-Star, four-time Silver-Slugger, and three-time Gold Glove Award winner. He holds the Colorado Rockies club records for hits (2,407), home runs (354), doubles (566), walks (1,283), runs scored (1,355), RBIs (1,340), games played (2,105), total bases (4,107) and holds club records in other categories as well.
Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera appear to be the only guys left that have remained with the same team for their entire careers (for an extended period of time) and remained role models to both children and adults alike, never making a headline for doing or saying something stupid. Can these two teammates play the Tim Tebow game eternally or is it just a matter of time before they too are proven fallible? Only time will tell I guess.