Tony La Russa remains the manager of the Chicago White Sox.
The team will refrain from taking immediate action and no change to La Russa's employment status with the team is planned despite his latest drunk driving charge. The February incident in Arizona became public recently and police records show La Russa's blood alcohol level was .90.
He was arrested when an officer stopped to aid La Russa with a blown tire.
"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 team said Thursday in a statement. "Once his case reaches resolution in the courts, we will have more to say. The White Sox understand the seriousness of these charges."
La Russa was a consultant for the Los Angeles Angels in February at the time of his arrest.
The White Sox hired La Russa, 76, as manager after firing Rick Renteria at the end of the shortened 2020 season. The White Sox returned to the postseason in October, but lost in a first-round series against the Oakland Athletics.
Owner Jerry Reinsdorf, a close friend of La Russa's, and other team officials were aware of his February DUI arrest, according to reports. It was his second drunk driving arrest. His first was in 2007, when he was manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.
La Russa was manager of the White Sox under Reinsdorf from 1979 to 1986.
--Field Level Media