White Sox manager Tony La Russa agrees to guilty plea after drunk driving arrest in Arizona

Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa agreed to a guilty plea this week after his drunk driving arrest earlier this year in Arizona, according to The Athletic.

La Russa — who was facing two charges of driving under the influence following his arrest — agreed on Wednesday to plead guilty to a charge of reckless driving. The lesser charge is a class 2 misdemeanor in Arizona, a step down from the initial driving under the influence charge.

He will also be required to pay a $1,383 fine and complete 20 hours of community service.

The agreement also states that La Russa will serve one day in jail — which is standard for DUI cases in the state — but that can be lowered to work release or home detention if approved by a judge later this month.

La Russa is due back in a Maricopa County courtroom on Dec. 21, which is when the agreement is set to become official. The incident marks his second, following a DUI arrest in 2007 during spring training — in which he later pleaded guilty.

La Russa charged with DUI right before White Sox hired him

La Russa was arrested in the Phoenix area in February after he allegedly ran his car into a curb.

The 76-year-old reportedly told the responding officer that he had been at dinner with friends from the Los Angeles Angels, but refused to submit to a breath test or provide a blood or urine sample.

The charges came just one day before the White Sox announced La Russa as their new manager, though the arrest wasn’t made public until last month. The team told ESPN that it was aware of the incident before hiring him, but declined to comment.

La Russa also allegedly tried to persuade the officer into letting him go because he is a member of the baseball Hall of Fame and had his ring on.

La Russa, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014, came out of retirement to accept the job in Chicago. He led the team once before in the 1980s, but walked away after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a title in 2011.

Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa
The White Sox hired Tony La Russa just one day after Arizona officials brought DUI charges against him, and said they were aware of the incident before doing so. (Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

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