Unfortunately this is a trend among noteworthy figures in Colorado sports in the last year: on Tuesday Charlie Monfort joined Todd Helton and members of the Denver Broncos front office in the group of people who have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in the last year or so.
The 54-year-old Monfort was released Tuesday afternoon on a $2,500 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Weld County court Nov. 19.
“Monfort was also cited for driving 10-19 miles per hour over the speed limit, court records say.
“Monfort, who lives in Greeley, has been the Rockies’ managing general partner since 1992.”
Also from the Denver Post, Monfort issued a statement about his arrest:
“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.”
What comes to mind for me is the fact that you kind of forget Charlie is even the other owner. When it comes to public appearances, interviews, and other opportunities be on the brunt end of criticism and disdain, it’s always Dick Monfort we see. I just kind of think of him as the owner at this point, while being vaguely aware that he has a brother who’s involved. That is not to downplay the seriousness of this situation or poke fun at Charlie about it. But Troy Renck pointed out Charlie Monfort’s lack of involvement today on Twitter:
As we state in story, #Rockies‘ Charlie Monfort has been phased out over last few years and is not involved in the day-to-day operations.
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) November 6, 2013
Charlie most recently made news when he confronted Denver Post writer Mark Kiszla in the Rockies’ room this past season, supposedly with alcohol on his breath. That makes today’s sad news a little less surprising, I suppose, but no less sad.