Saturday, May 7, 2011

Batting 0.20

Are there any well-known Korean celebrities in America who don't get arrested for DUI?

Our latest (the last one I can actually remember is Daniel Dae Kim, here in Hawaii back when "Lost" was still on the air, so maybe I'm exaggerating the frequency in my head) is Cleveland Indians star Choo Shin-soo.

The newscaster says that Mr Choo was confused about his left and right during the sobriety test but, um, that's not so uncommon for many Korean learners of English. God help us if every Korean tourist to America gets accused of being drunk because they can't follow the directions the cop is giving them (or because their paused English makes them sound inebriated).

Mr Choo apparently also thought an arrest — his blood alcohol level was 0.20, four times what it is in South Korea and 2.5 times what it is in Ohio — would mean deportation.

His arrest is only the latest involving a Big League baseball player, and this has prompted Major League Baseball to look into whether they should be doing something about this:
Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association reportedly have discussed implementing an alcohol policy as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement currently being negotiated.

Six Major League players have been arrested for allegedly drinking and driving this calendar year -- including two in recent weeks. While those incidents have brought the issue to the forefront, several reports this week suggest a program to address problems with alcohol abuse has been a discussion point between MLB and the union for some time now.

Currently, there is no specific system of punishment from the league if a player is arrested for driving under the influence one or more times, nor is there a league-operated treatment program for alcohol abuse.
Anyone who knows me knows I have a deep-seated hatred of drunk drivers. It only angers me more when celebrities are let off the hook in part because they are famous. I don't know what will happen, but if Mr Choo somehow gets off with a slap on the wrist for driving with a 0.20% BAL, I hope he realizes he needs rehab and/or a chauffeur.

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