Charlie Monfort, Rockies co-owner, busted for drunk driving: Fans lash out on Facebook

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In February, shortly before the Colorado Rockies' season got underway, first baseman Todd Helton was busted for drunk driving. Helton wound up retiring at the end of the mediocre campaign, and now, Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort has been taken into custody on suspicion of the same crime.

Monfort and his brother, Dick, have been under heat for allowing the Rockies to linger in lousiness, and fans on Facebook didn't ease up on their criticism in light of Charlie's troubles.

Helton's bust included a number of colorful side notes: As we reported, he allegedly stopped at a store to buy chewing tobacco and lottery tickets, and subsequently volunteered to cops that he'd been drinking wine from Igloo cups. And then, there was his brutal mug shot:

Todd Helton.
In contrast, Monfort's booking photo finds him looking downright cheery....

Charlie Monfort.
...and based on preliminary reports, the circumstances of his arrest weren't especially memorable. According to 7News, he was pulled over Monday outside Windsor for driving between ten and nineteen miles per hour over the posted speed limit, after which he was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence.

He's had some experience with this charge, having been cuffed in Greeley circa 1999 for the same offense -- and in September, he got into a dust-up with Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla during which he's said to have had alcohol on his breath.

Just shy of 10 p.m. last night, after news broke, Monfort posted an apologetic message on the Colorado Rockies website. It reads:

"I'm extremely disappointed in myself for the decision I made to drink and drive and the potential risk I caused to other innocent people. I want to apologize to my family, the Colorado Rockies staff, players, Major League Baseball and of course, our fans for the embarrassment I have caused by my actions. I do understand the seriousness of my behavior and the issues that I am facing and I'm committed to do what's necessary to deal with my problem."
Brother Dick shared a statement as well:
"I am extremely saddened and very disappointed to learn of my brother Charlie's arrest last night in Windsor, Colorado on DUI charges. We all understand the seriousness of this offense and the potential consequences involved when the decision to drink and drive is made. I am thankful that no one was injured. As troubling and intolerable as these actions are, I can tell you that I'm focused on helping Charlie get the resources he needs to overcome this problem."
Rockies fans reacting on the team's Facebook page were considerably less sympathetic. Here's a sampling of responses:
He's damn lucky he didn't kill himself or someone else. I have no tolerance for drunk drivers.

Wow, he's even too stupid and cheap to call a cab.

Clearly, this team's consistent mediocrity drives its members to drink excessively.

All is forgiven if you sell the team.

They need to sell the Rockies to someone who wants to win!!!!!!!

Sell the team and buy a driver!!!!

Clearly, this isn't a happy time in Rockies Nation.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Baseball archive: "Todd Helton's DUI police report: Lottery tickets and wine in Igloo cups."

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Marc Khan
Marc Khan

@stacey rogers They have to call it "suspicion" until he is convicted. Remember that whole "innocent until proven guilty" bit? Yeesh, and these same people are voting.

Marc Khan
Marc Khan

They should switch to weed. It's clearly a safer alternative.

Stacey Rogers
Stacey Rogers

Suspicion? Either you PROVE he is DUI or don't bust him for suspicion and harm his reputation by writing about it in local rags.

Michael Sabin
Michael Sabin

Charlie is a drunk, everyone knows that.....not his first rodeo....

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

who cares? the rockies suck and always will.


@Stacey Rogers His BAC was .28, nearly 30%! Are you gonna go to the trial and be the lone fool who supports not punishing him? Crazy talk.


@yodownmuthalicka Mr law and order now huh? Seems your ethics are situational. Based soley on how the situation affects you or makes you angry. HULK SMASH! MAYBE YOU SHOULD BE THE ONE TO PUNISH HIM BY SMASHING TEETH OUT OF HIS HEAD AND URINATING ON HIM LIKE A FUCKING DOG.


@yodownmuthalicka I think if he goes to trial, he and his attorney will be two other  "lone foolsl" supporting the idea he shouldn't be punished. Thats what a trial is, smart guy.


@yodownmuthalicka Where does she say  dui shouldn't be punished? How did you manage to derive that from what she said?She simply said it should be proven before it is published. So you decide to insult her based on something she never said. What an asshole. No wonder your buddies with asshole face. Couple of pricks that like to insult people for absolutely no reason. Yeah, thats what obviosuley what she meant. She intends to go to his trial and say he shouldn't be punished. What a crazy talking fool. It seems you create reasons to insult people out of thin air.Assdhole


"Anonymity is your friend here, dude, b/c your words would equal missing teeth if these words were spoken in person. Greg and I would put you upside down in a trash can and piss on you if you had the balls to actually claim these words. Coward." 

Would you be the guy at his own trial and be the lone fool trying to say this type of behavior should not be punished? That you have the right to attack or intimidate people for saying things that make you angry? Fucking self righteous hypocrite. HULK SMASH!!

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