La Russa tried to get out of DUI arrest by claiming to be a Baseball HOFer

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa tried to get out of being arrested for being a Baseball Hall of Famer. Yes, you read that correctly.

The new White Sox manger – who is “brothers” with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf – flashed a ring, according to ESPN, when he was arrested for DUI. The 76-year-old was arrested in February.

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Tony La Russa attends the Prostate Cancer Foundation Invites You To The 2015 New York Dinner With Celebrity Hosts Whoopi Goldberg & John O’Hurley (Getty Images)

However, it wasn’t until October when he was charged for the DUI in Maricopa County. His blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was above the 0.08 limit.

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La Russa actually became the White Sox’s new manager on the same day as his DUI charge near Phoenix.

“Do you see my ring?” When asked what he meant, La Russa answered: “I’m a Hall of Famer baseball person.” He continued: “I’m legit. I’m a Hall of Famer, brother. You’re trying to embarrass me.

“I will not comply with your tests. I don’t trust it, brother.”

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He reportedly blew a 0.095 after the authorities had to get a warrant to draw blood. When he initially failed the drug test, he blew a 0.90.

“Do you see my ring?” When asked what he meant, La Russa answered: “I’m a Hall of Famer baseball person.” He continued: “I’m legit. I’m a Hall of Famer, brother. You’re trying to embarrass me.”

This is La Russa’s second DUI. He was previously arrested in Jupiter, Florida, when he fell asleep at a traffic light, outside of the St. Louis Cardinals spring training facility.

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He received probation, fines, and served 50 hours of community service in the plea deal in West Palm Beach, Florida. La Russa also received a six-month license suspension.

In addition, he had to attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact Panel and DUI classes.

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