Pirates' Frank Coonelly Faces DUI Charges

Pirates team president Frank Coonelly was arrested in December for "driving with a blood-alcohol content of at least .16."

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Pirates' President Frank Coonelly Agrees To Probationary Program For DUI Arrest

Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly was sentenced on Friday for his DUI arrest at the end of last year. Coonelly came to an agreement on a diversionary program, with the judge in the case ordering him to enter a program for first time offenders, according to KDKA CBS Pittsburgh.

Coonelly was arrested just three days before Christmas in 2011, but news of the DUI did not hit the press until two months later. He had a blood-alcohol content of .16, more than twice the legal limit.

The Bucs' President simply needs to keep his nose clean for the next five years and his record will be cleared, according to KDKA. A second offense, however, would reset the case and open up the full arsenal of penalties again, including potential jail time. Coonelly's case had hit the backburner recently, but news of the resolution will certainly bring it up as a topic of discussion again.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout.

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93.7 The Fan Hosts Told Not To Cover Frank Coonelly DUI Story

Thursday morning, it emerged that Pirates president Frank Coonelly had been arrested and charged with four counts related to drunken driving. But if you’ve been listening to Pittsburgh’s sports talk radio station 93.7 The Fan, you may not have heard much about it.

The Fan will be broadcasting the Pirates’ games this summer. And in the meantime, they’re telling their hosts to stay quiet on the topic of Coonelly’s DUI.

The Pittsburgh sports-talk station that reached an agreement in September to broadcast the Pirates’ games has now told its hosts they may not discuss the situation, or to field calls on the air from listeners interested in talking about it. The topic apparently may only be discussed on the station in news updates. The decision by station management at 93.7 KDKA-FM, The Fan—a CBS Radio-owned property—is currently being tossed around Yinzer circles on Twitter, and a source has just confirmed it to me directly.

Yikes. Coonelly’s arrest is pretty clearly worthy of discussion. If this is how The Fan is going to cover the Pirates this season, that’s a problem. At my blog, Bucs Dugout, I’m generally perceived as being pro-Pirates management, but Coonelly’s arrest deserves discussion, and any responsible news outlet should be covering the negatives as well as the positives.

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Frank Coonelly, Pirates President, Faces DUI Charges

Pirates team president Frank Coonelly was arrested in December for "driving with a blood-alcohol content of at least .16."

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