BRADENTON, Fla. — Pirates president Frank Coonelly this morning said he plans to do some sort of public service with an anti-drunk driving group.
Coonelly made his first public appearance at spring training camp a day after it was revealed that he faces four charges for a DUI incident on Dec. 22 in Ross Township.
"I said yesterday publicly that I took responsibility for it," Coonelly said. "I've offered everybody in the organization a heartfelt apology. And I appreciate the support I've received as I move forward. Nothing that I say will speak louder than my actions as I move forward, in terms of lessons learned."
Coonelly indicated his public mea culpa will include joining forces with an organization such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
"I've learned lessons and I intend to be supportive of organizations that work to make sure that type of conduct doesn't happen," Coonelly said. "Exactly how that will be done has not been determined yet."
Coonelly mingled with fans near the practice fields at Pirate City, and chatted amicably as he signed autographs for two season-ticket holders. The Pirates today are holding their first full-squad workout of spring training.
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