Another blow to the Braves: Derek Lowe arrested for DUI

Derek Lowe's mug shot. (Atlanta City of Corrections)

Derek Lowe's mug shot. (Atlanta Department of Corrections)

The Hawks just won a playoff series. The Falcons moved up to take Julio Jones. And the Braves?

They’re having a week no team wants to have.

If sorting out what to do about pitching coach Roger McDowell wasn’t difficult enough, the Braves awoke this morning to learn that Derek Lowe, who has become their best big-game pitcher and who has long been considered a clubhouse exemplar of how to be a professional, was arrested on charges of DUI.

The team is expected to announce something today regarding McDowell, having spent Thursday trying to gather information. And now they get to read about Lowe being arrested smack in the middle of Buckhead.

And to think: On the field, the Braves are doing well. They finished a difficult West Coast road trip by winning five of six games and have climbed back to .500. They’ve got that going for them, if nothing else.

9:54 a.m. update: The Braves have released this statement:

Obviously we are concerned and disappointed about the events involving Derek Lowe overnight. We are currently gathering information and plan to address this matter later today.

10:36 a.m. update: As reported by colleague Mike Morris, a Georgia State Patrol spokesman says Lowe was allegedly racing another driver down Peachtree Road.

By Mark Bradley

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Jon S

April 29th, 2011
9:38 am

Not a good start to the Gonzalez regime in Atlanta

Clyde

April 29th, 2011
9:40 am

Baseball is full of thugs.

GTT

April 29th, 2011
9:40 am

Third? It’s really a shame. I’ve always been proud of this team’s character.

Omnipotent One

April 29th, 2011
9:42 am

Cut ties with Roger and bring Leo back!….Leo is probably tired of doing radio anyways.

Herschel Talker

April 29th, 2011
9:43 am

MB:

This is getting more embarrassing than the team’s hitting.

HT

windale

April 29th, 2011
9:43 am

P B Orr

April 29th, 2011
9:44 am

Well at least Lowe is smart – NEVER take the breath test. You’re much better off getting around on your Fleetwoods for a year and saving both your criminal record and your insurance rates. The DUI racket is a tacit form of prohibition created by Mothers Against Mostly Men, Y’all (MAMMY) and has practically no effect on highway safety. People drive like maniacs while perfectly alcohol-free and get away with it. There are so many levels of stupidity and un-Constitutionality in this DUI racket that they can’t be counted. But if you have your three beers and get popped, don’t take the breath test.

Dennis Reynolds

April 29th, 2011
9:44 am

Full of thugs? Really?
Hmm..have you watched an NFL game lately?

Its a DUI, not a rape charge. Relax, who hasn’t driven a car when they’ve probably had a little too much to drink?

southern hope

April 29th, 2011
9:44 am

Gosh, that is the best-looking police mug shot that I’ve ever seen.

NC Brave

April 29th, 2011
9:45 am

Yeah, this stinks. Do the Braves handle the Lowe situation internally or does the league office get involved in situations like this? I don’t know if there is a league “player conduct” policy??

Blackberry Cobbler

April 29th, 2011
9:45 am

This is a non-story.

Adults drink, wow. Some get caught DUI, wow, really.

Let’s move on AJC.

terry

April 29th, 2011
9:46 am

Dude, you make how many millions a year & you can’t afford a limo or taxi?
I make a pittance of what you do but I try to be smart enough to taxi it when cocktailing.

faux positive

April 29th, 2011
9:47 am

It looks like Fredi has to get a grip on the team and discipline players , coaches when thing happen that he can control. Furcal appologized when he was arrested and did not have anymore problems that we know of. Lowe and the team and the fans have to take the punishment for his stupidity. As far as mcd, I’m not a pc person but the fans pay their money and have a right as long as it does not get out of control. mcd should have just kept quiet, as far a threatening a Father that is more serious if it;’s true and mcd should be fired or demoted if it is true.

Mark Bradley

April 29th, 2011
9:47 am

The players have a union. It’s important to note that when thinking of possible disciplinary action.

Baseball coaches, however, do not have a union.

Chris P. Bacon

April 29th, 2011
9:47 am

There was quite a bit of celebration in Atlanta yesterday upon hearing the incredible news that Joe Mather was called up from the minor leagues….Lowe just celebrated a tad too much.

Dawg '88

April 29th, 2011
9:47 am

Hey Clyde…takes a thug to know one…keep your “thugish” comments to yourself. Ignorant, immature, thick-headed blogger!

Slim Shady

April 29th, 2011
9:47 am

What the hell is going on down there?! A good road trip has now been ruined by a coach’s deviant behavior and now one of his charges has let driving get in the way of his drinking! Paging John Schuerholz!

VOLinATL

April 29th, 2011
9:47 am

There but for the grace of God go many of us. At least there were no red panties involved!

JacketFan

April 29th, 2011
9:48 am

Meh, I don’t think anything will come of this.

Lowe doesn’t look tore up in this picture and he didn’t take the breathe test so he just saved his rear IMO.

Those field sobriety tests are designed for you to fail and you can have 3 beers and fail a breathe test but are still perfectly capable of driving a car.

Don’t even pretend like over 90% of the people on this blog haven’t gone to a game at a bar had 3 beers and driven a car.

Sure it isn’t good publicity, but I don’t think it’s a reflection on the Braves or Freddi. Remember before you cast stones, Bobby Cox wasn’t exactly a saint either.

fred

April 29th, 2011
9:48 am

It could be Worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dirty Dawg

April 29th, 2011
9:49 am

I don’t know the circumstances surrounding this, ‘but for the Grace of…’ (you get it)…plenty of us here could have been there. Served on a DUI jury once and I seem to recall a couple of things – if you refuse the breath test, you’re, in effect, admitting guilt; however, if you take it you can also demand a blood test, which is more accurate and often administered someplace where, with the passage of time to get there, the results may be different (e.g., better for you). Of course all this would be moot if Derek had just not had a drink with dinner, joined friends for a pleasant get-together. had those extra beers in the locker room before leaving the stadium, etc.

You know those guys in Buckhead are tough…guess they didn’t have any red panties to plant on him – or a Phillies hat.

The Original WDE

April 29th, 2011
9:49 am

Sheesh.

What’s standard procedure for a DUI arrest, Mark? Roster-wise.

Dink

April 29th, 2011
9:49 am

What a bone-headed move, call a cab! And this from a 37 year old?

Mark Bradley

April 29th, 2011
9:50 am

Roster-wise, I’m not sure anything happens to Derek Lowe.

The Original WDE

April 29th, 2011
9:50 am

Our pitching staff looks like a bunch of rednecks now.

P B Orr

April 29th, 2011
9:51 am

The State Patrol are out in force lately, probably drumming up revenue to pay for their new Harleys. When do you ever see them popping someone for weaving, or REALLY speeding (+30 over, i.e almost everyone), yakking on the phone, putting on makeup? I’m a complete militant when it comes to busting bad drivers, but the DUI sham is just a way for the Polyester Liberation Army to fund itself.

GT Trumpet

April 29th, 2011
9:52 am

Sigh… I guess because it’s been so long since the Braves had any serious off field problems the Universe decided to drop two in the same week. One things for sure, as an Atlanta sports fan our teams always find a way to make us cringe. At least one, always.

Blackberry Cobbler

April 29th, 2011
9:53 am

At least D-Lowe didn’t have any red panties with him………..

TC

April 29th, 2011
9:54 am

Funny that someone named Dink says this was a boneheaded move…lol….DOINK!!!!

Cousin Vicker

April 29th, 2011
9:54 am

Yeah, what can I say… not a big deal to me. He isn’t exactly Nick Nolte in the mug shot, and you can fail a breath test by gargling mouthwash. I’m not saying it’s right, but I agree with the bloggers that talk about people that can’t drive alcohol-free but get away with it, while you have two beers and a broken tail-light and you are God’s disgrace to society.

TC

April 29th, 2011
9:55 am

I bet he gets this charged dropped or lowered…..

Cousin Vicker

April 29th, 2011
9:56 am

I mean, there is drunk-driving and there is driving after you’ve had two or three. Big difference.

Gil in Mechanicsville

April 29th, 2011
9:57 am

You always hate it when your team, company, organization, or family member etc is caught doing something shameful. Sadly, there will be those who will be sanctimonious about all this. It is what it is, a DUI. Not a good thing but then again not the end of the world. At least Lowe was stopped before he could do something really stupid like kill some innocent bystander.
I am no teetotaler but I have seen enough carnage to know when to be responsible, unfortunately, drinking impairs your ability to think reasonably, thus the conundrum….
My hope is he gets it and his punishment fits the crime. Don’t be stupid….

TC

April 29th, 2011
9:58 am

I agree Vicker, my wife drives like she’s had 12 beers all the time :)

TC

April 29th, 2011
9:59 am

Gil are you telling me my wife is drunk all the time???

dap01

April 29th, 2011
9:59 am

The courts will discipline him. No need to react in order to be politically correct.

Any speculation on McDowell?

Mark Bradley

April 29th, 2011
10:02 am

As I said previously, dap: Roger should consider himself fortunate if he keeps his job.

Braves 2011

April 29th, 2011
10:02 am

He is too old to be this stupid.
He is getting 15 million a year and the Braves already have one headache to deal with.
With all his millions, he can’t throw a big or small party with limos for his buds at his mansion?
But I can’t threaten any pro teams with not buying tickets because when the pay got insane a while back, I decided not to contribute to the till.
Have I missed any championships?

Jesus

April 29th, 2011
10:06 am

These issues will all be dealt with and I have no doubts the Braves will do the “right” things. But, does anyone remember the last time Mark Bradley has wrote a good or positive article about the Braves??

Indifferent 2011

April 29th, 2011
10:06 am

I changed my name from Braves 2011 since I am no longer a good pro fan.
I choose retiring early instead.

Dawg '88

April 29th, 2011
10:06 am

Blackberry C. You really think this?:

“This is a non-story….Some get caught DUI, wow…”

You believe that its no big deal. Go to this site (http://www.alcoholalert.com/drunk-driving-memorial.html)
and read some memorials like the one below:

“Today is day 47 without my beautiful son. I can’t bear to think
of never being able to see him walk through the door, or be in his room.
I wake up every morning to realize I have to face another day with out him.
I pray every night that I don’t wake up, that I can be with him.
I miss him so much and don’t want to live my life without him.
Without Austin is not a life, its being condemned to an exsistence without
my son !! He lost everything. He lost his hopes, his dreams, his aspirations.
He will never be able to marry his Katie of almost 4 years and live the life they
were planning together. This horrid drunk waste of an individual that took my innocent son away and took his wonderful life away at only 23 should not have a chance. Austin had no chance, the worthless drunk hit him so hard with his car in the crosswalk that Austin had no cardiac activity when arriving in the ER only blocks away.The cause of Austin’s horrific death was a factured skull, in addition to a torn carotid artery, internal bleeding and no cadiac activity.
Mom’s are supposed to make things better, make the pain go away, I can’t even hug him or hold him ever again. Austin I love you and can’t bear the thought of not having you here. All my love to you my little guy….Mom”

Think its no big deal now?

Geez…think about ignorant comments before posting them!

Trooper Taylor's Backwards Hat

April 29th, 2011
10:06 am

This is nothing. Furcal got 2!! And he was only 20 at the time. Or 25? who knows…

bravesgrl4life

April 29th, 2011
10:08 am

Wonder if D-Lowe has called George Stein yet. He is, after all, the DUI lawyer.

Indifferent 2011

April 29th, 2011
10:08 am

Maybe the Braves should stop making news outside of baseball games.
If Mark didn’t comment, there would be another group saying he was sweeping the Braves’ problems under the rug.

Hayseed Dixie

April 29th, 2011
10:10 am

This is just bad luck.

Good, get this all out at the beginning of the season, it’ll get everyone’s attention and they’ll all get on the same page.

This organization is too good to let stuff like this affect it. They’ll sort it out.

Indifferent 2011

April 29th, 2011
10:10 am

That’s fifteen million dollars a year and worth every penny I’ll have you know.
As a bonus to Atlanta, he’s a pillar of the community 364 days out of 365.

NCBravesFan

April 29th, 2011
10:11 am

The mug shot may be the first time we’ve not seen DLowe sweating.

Glenn

April 29th, 2011
10:12 am

He doesn’t look drunk . That cop should be fired .

Colonel Roy

April 29th, 2011
10:13 am

For those of you who think DUI is a minor offense, go tell that to a mom or dad who have lost a child to a DUI accident. And drive safely on your way to their house.

EDIMGIAFAD

April 29th, 2011
10:15 am

Ever since Tom Glavine publically chewed out Mike Mussina for taking less money to stay with the O’s (years ago – so Mussina could keep working with a local charity), the Braves pitchers (and former pitchers) have been bad citizens and this just continues that below average trend.

It’s a shame that such high visibility people have to take such a low road. They could be doing so much good – such a shame……