La Russa felt police tried to embarrass manager

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Jeff PassanESPN


ESPN MLB insider
Author of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports”

Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa flashed a ring at a police officer arresting him for driving under the influence and said “I’m a Hall of Famer baseball person” while being placed into the back of a cruiser, according to an incident report obtained by ESPN.

La Russa, 76, was charged in late October with DUI by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in Arizona after blood and breath tests taken the night of his February arrest showed his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of .08.

The White Sox said they were aware of La Russa’s pending charges, which were filed one day before the team officially hired him on Oct. 29. It is the second drunken-driving arrest for La Russa, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI in Florida in 2007.

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While initial details of the arrest were provided in an affidavit from the arresting officer, the incident report by the Arizona Department of Public Safety fills in gaps and shows La Russa appearing incoherent, referring

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