He knew better.
Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was pulled over and arrested for a suspicion of a DUI early Wednesday morning. Witnesses alerted police to a truck driving erratically on Colorado Boulevard in Thornton, according to sources. He was taken into custody for investigation of driving under the influence.
Helton, especially after 16 years in professional baseball, should be keenly aware, and completely cognizant of himself and the choices he makes. It was a mindless decision, an inane act, and thankfully nobody was hurt because of it.
Then some hours later, Helton, through the way of the Rockies organization released a statement to the public. The admonishment of his decision and apology construct was carefully thought out, or completely unlike his dutifulness awareness the night before.
"Last evening I exercised poor judgment and was charged with drinking and driving after driving to a gas station near my house. I am very sorry and embarrassed by my actions. I hold myself to a high standard and take my responsibility as a public figure very seriously. My entire career I have worked to set a positive example for my family and in our community and I fell far short of this standard.
I sincerely ask my family, the Colorado Rockies Organization, Major League Baseball and the community to accept my apology. I make no excuses and accept full responsibility for my actions. I humbly ask your forgiveness."
Helton was regretful, and he would likely rebuke the choice to get behind the wheel in the state he was in (toxicology has not been released yet), if he had the chance. Yet, the letter lacked any genuine touch of remorse.
It was a specious statement. It was vague, disembodied from the truth (his destination doesn’t add up), and blinded the fans with simple yet glaring apologies. It was out of character and not the Helton we would expect, if it was him at all.
He knows better.