KC Royals Pitcher Arrested for Susupicion of DUI

Professional athletes often find themselves in the limelight: cheered when their team wins and denigrated when they lose. They often find themselves facing injuries that require time away from the team, which may provide time away from training and playing their sport, allowing them to get into trouble. The LA Times reports on a popular Kansas City Royals pitcher who was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

According to Overland Park police, Danny Duffy was found passed out in the drive-thru of a Burger King restaurant last Tuesday at about 8 p.m. The pitcher, who is popular in the community, was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The police report contained no further information.

Duffy had left amidst a road trip to go have a MRI performed on a possibly injured left elbow.

The arrest could not have come at a worse time for the organization, who has been struggling on the field. The previous Monday, the club suffered a 12-0 loss, which marked the fourth consecutive game where the team was shut out. The Cubs were the last MLB team to suffer being shut out in four consecutive games in 1992. Such a record has not happened in the American League since the 1964 Washington Senators.

Duffy is one of the team’s most popular players, largely due to his on-field playing ability and his work within the community. Duffy has raised thousands of dollars for multiple charities, including animal shelters and children’s hospitals.

Duffy’s record was 8-8 with a 3.78 ERA when he went on the disabled list due to pain in his elbow. The MRI showed no structural damage.

Duffy is due for his first appearance in municipal court on September 19th.

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