Colorado Rockies’ Owner Needs a DUI Class!

by: Mike Miller

What is it with executives of major sports franchises in Denver drinking and driving? Could it be they are light-headed from living in the Mile-High City?

Charlie Monfort, co-owner of the Rockies, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Windsor, Colorado on November 4th. This coming just a few months after two senior executives of the Denver Broncos were arrested for DUI.

The 54-year-old Monfort was also cited for driving 10-19 miles per hour over the speed limit, court records reveal. Monfort, who lives in Greeley, has been the Rockies' managing general partner since 1992.

While he apologized profusely for embarrassing himself and the organization, as well as putting other drivers in danger, keep in mind this is not his first DUI infraction.

The drunken-driving arrest is familiar territory for Monfort. In 1999, he was arrested for DUI in Greeley. In that case, Monfort's blood alcohol content was .209, well over the (then) legal limit of .10.

Over the past several years, Monfort has been phased out of the day-to-day operations of the Rockies. He has not been involved in the decision-making process over the past two seasons. His brother, co-owner Dick Monfort, has taken control of running the team.

In September, Charlie Monfort got into an exchange in the clubhouse at Coors Field with Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla, who reported there was alcohol on Monfort's breath.

It would appear Monfort has a serious alcohol problem. I would highly recommend he take an alcohol education class and seek counseling for his addictive behavior.