The White Sox released a statement Thursday morning addressing manager Tony La Russa's DUI charge, which was first reported Monday.
"As Tony La Russa’s attorney said in his statement, Tony deserves all the assumptions and protections granted to everyone in a court of law, especially while this is a pending matter," the statement read. "Once his case reaches resolution in the courts, we will have more to say. The White Sox understand the seriousness of these charges."
ESPN first reported Monday that La Russa was arrested in February and charged with driving under the influence on Oct. 28, a day before he was officially hired as the White Sox new manager. La Russa pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI in Florida in 2007.
The team confirmed that it was aware of the February arrest before hiring La Russa for his second stint as the White Sox manager. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Monday that La Russa is "in no danger of losing his job or receiving any discipline by the club."