MLB: Charlie Monfort, Rockies owner and Utah grad, arrested for DUI
Denver • Charlie Monfort, co-owner of the Rockies, on Monday was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Windsor, according to court records.
The 54-year-old Monfort was released Tuesday afternoon on a $2,500 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Weld County court Nov. 19.
Monfort was also cited for driving 10-19 miles per hour over the speed limit, court records reveal.
Monfort, who lives in Greeley and graduated from the University of Utah, has been the Rockies' managing general partner since 1992.
"I'm extremely disappointed in myself for the decision I made to drink and drive and the potential risk I caused to other innocent people," Monfort said in a statement released by the Rockies. "I want to apologize to my family, the Colorado Rockies staff, players, Major League Baseball and, of course, our fans for the embarrassment I have caused by my actions.
"I do understand the seriousness of my behavior and the issues that I am facing and I'm committed to do what's necessary to deal with my problem."
The drunken-driving arrest is familiar territory for Monfort. In 1999, he was also arrested for DUI in Greeley. Police in that case said Monfort's blood alcohol content was .209, well over the then-legal limit of .10.
Charges in that case were later reduced to a driving while ability impaired charge, according to court records.
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.
"I am extremely saddened and very disappointed to learn of my brother Charlie's arrest last night," Dick Monfort said in a release. "We all understand the seriousness of this offense and the potential consequences involved when the decision to drink and drive is made.
"I am thankful that no one was injured. As troubling and intolerable as these actions are, I can tell you that I'm focused on helping Charlie get the resources he needs to overcome this problem."
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.
And in March 2011, Monfort fell in spring training and was sent to a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz. He suffered a head injury and was knocked unconscious, leading to a four-day stay in the hospital.
Monfort said the accident, which occurred at 8:30 in the morning, happened after he was reading the internet, stood up, felt light-headed and fell.