According to all papers, Yankees senior vice president Mark Newman was charged with a DUI Monday night in Tampa.
“The New York Yankees do not condone this kind of behavior,” the statement said. “We take this situation seriously and we are looking into the matter. We will have no further comment at this time.”
This is funny, not in a ha ha way, but in more of a sad way. Just a few years ago George Steinbrenner was set to hand control of the team over to his son-in-law Steve Swindal and even made an announcement to that effect. We’d never have gotten to know Hal or Hank Steinbrenner the way we do, but instead Swindal was busted with a DUI which started his decent with the team and ended with a divorce from not only his wife, Steinbrenner’s daughter Jennifer, but from the organization as well.
You’d think that might become a lesson within the organization, but this week it was a lesson ignored. So far there is no reason to believe that this means the end of Newman because there clearly was stuff going on behind the scenes with Swindal that we didn’t know about, but we don’t really know what’s going on behind the scenes here either.
At least this is just a story about stupidity and not tragedy. We’ll update you if this effects Newman’s career with the Yankees.