Re: Harry Teinowitz DUI Apology

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Posted by DC Kid on March 11, 2011 at 18:30:34:

In Reply to: Harry Teinowitz DUI Apology posted by Afternoon Saloon 24/7 on March 11, 2011 at 10:52:33:

Umm, it's a legal matter and you can discuss it no further? You already said quite a lot, bucko. I hope you aren't planning on fighting the charge. It sounds like he's going for a plea deal.

I remember that clubhouse incident. I'm surprised he hasn't been suspended or anything from ESPN by now.

: Saying he made a “horrible mistake in judgment,” sports radio host Harry Teinowitz dealt with his recent DUI charge on the afternoon drive show on ESPN’s WMVP-AM (1000).

: “Before we start the show today, there’s something I need to say that’s very important — to me,” a contrite Teinowitz, 50, said at the opening of the “The Afternoon Saloon” program he co-hosts from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays with Carmen DeFalco and John Jurkovic. “I want to address an unfortunate situation involving me.

: “Some of you may have heard about the incident that occurred last Friday night. I made a horrible mistake in judgment,” he said, his voice wavering. “And I take full responsibility for my actions. I let my family down. I let you guys, the listeners who I love, down. I let the company I work for down. And I’m deeply sorry.”

: At that point, Teinowitz said it was a legal matter that he would no longer discuss. “That’s all I want to say. Thanks for hearing me out. I’m thrilled to be back. Let’s get back to Carmen, Jurko and, thank God, Harry.”

: But he did add: “This doesn’t define me. What happens from now defines me.”

: An ESPN spokesman also declined comment about the DUI charge or Teinowitz’s remarks on air.

: Teinowitz was pulled over at 11:50 p.m. Friday while he was behind the wheel of a Nissan Murano SUV, according to Skokie police. He was charged with driving under the influence and improper lane usage after a test put his blood-alcohol level at .131 percent, police said. The standard in Illinois to be charged with DUI is .08 percent. Teinowitz was released on $1,000 bail.

: Last May, Teinowitz was removed from the White Sox clubhouse for being loud and behaving in a manner that Sox executives deemed inappropriate.

: Teinowitz has been with WMVP since ESPN took over the station in 1998.

: In the January Arbitron radio ratings report, WMVP was in a tie for fourth place in the afternoon drive time slot among males 25 to 54 years old, and CBS Radio Chicago’s sports talk WSCR-AM (670) was in second place in afternoon drive.

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