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Chicago White Sox Will Not Partake in Alcohol Ban

March 24th, 2012 at 5:04 am

While alcohol has long played a role in professional sports – both for the players and the fans – some Major League Baseball (MLB) teams have made the decision to ban alcohol from the players clubhouse. However, Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura recently reported to ESPN Chicago that the team will not be joining teams such as the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies, and Chicago Cubs in prohibiting players from drinking in the clubhouse. Ventura simply stated that he doesn’t have a reason to change the White Sox policy that allows alcohol, but that he would change the policy if “it needs to change.”

The alcohol ban may stem in part from multiple drunk driving accidents involving professional athletes. In 1999, Carolina Hurricanes star Steven Chiasson was killed while in a drunk driving crash after leaving the clubhouse with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than three times the legal limit. Similarly, four years ago, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was also killed in an alcohol-related accident after leaving Busch Stadium following a game.

It’s not just professional athletes who make the decision to drink and drive. Many sports fans, whether at the game or in a sports bar, tend to drink to excess, which can result in dangerous situations and serious legal consequences. If you or a loved one is accused of driving under the influence (DUI) or causing an accident while under the influence of alcohol in Illinois, you should not hesitate to contact a top Naperville DUI defense lawyer right away. It’s important to immediately take the appropriate steps to safeguard your legal rights and minimize the legal penalties you could face for a potential drunk driving conviction in Illinois.

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