Bob Nutting was right not to fire his president, Frank Coonely after it was revealed that he was arrested and charged with DUI.

He blew a .16 on the breathalyzer. That’s twice the legal limit.

He almost went the wrong way on an entrance ramp to I-79.

None of that should cost him his job but it should put him in jail for at least 30 days, even though I’d prefer 90.

I know it’s Coonely’s first offense. That’s why it should only be 90 days.

Multiple offenses should mean multiples of five years.

Coonely is saying all he right things and has been as apologetic as a human can be and nobody is suggesting that he is a bad guy.

I’m sure the Pirates will write a check to Mothers Against Drunk Driving or come up with an equivalent PR move. That’s all very nice. But it’s not a deterrent.

If our government really wanted to protect us, it would start using the best deterrent available.

Jail time.

And no passes for first offenders.

If Coonely had not caught himself and turned around on that ramp and had wiped out a family in a head-on collision, that also would have been his first offense.

It would have served as a great lesson and a really good deterrent and lots of people would be dead.

This has nothing to do with how I feel about Major League Baseball or the Pirates.

I said that Hines Ward should have done jail time if he had been convicted of DUI and I would say the same thing about my wife my son or my brother.

If you drive drunk, you need to go to jail.



  • Chuck

    Just seen a girl last week driving 60 mpg on the parkway putting on her makeup while flying past me. Now that’s SCARY!!!!!!!!

    • a-dawg

      She was getting 60 miles per gallon….what kind of car was she driving?

  • ISteve Roissy

    Nutting should get jail time for running a scam on Pittsburgh

  • Rod Stallion

    Where’s the prison space to hold all these DUI offenders? I’d hate to break the news to you but our jails are maxed out as they are. We don’t have the money to build new prisons. The knee jerk conservative response is to jail everybody and their mother but jails cost money, a lot of money. If you want to jail Coonelly then let all the pot offenders out. You can’t have it both ways.

    I’ve probably defended well over 50 DUI’s in my career. There is always an option to do jail time instead of house arrest. A lot do opt for the jail option because there’s a better than average chance they’ll be turned away when they report for their sentence due to overcrowding.

    • John Steigerwald

      Decriminalize drugs.

    • Bobzilla

      Red Stallion: In the town in which I live, people have become so paranoid about driving even after a couple of drinks, they’ve taken to walking to bars.
      It’s not uncommon, however, for the walkers to be cited for public drunkeness on their way home. The legal limit for DUIs is .08. My question is: what is the legal limit for WALKING? Shouldn’t there be just as much physical evidence for “WUIs” as there are for DUIs? Public drunkeness is another cash cow.

      • John Steigerwald

        If you walk into my grandson, he’s probably not going to die.

        • Bobzilla

          As I see it, public drunkeness requires no physical evidence, except the opinion of the arresting officer.
          I, personally, couldn’t care less if they stopped the manufacturing and/or sales of alcohol tomorrow, if not sooner; but what is disguised as an earnest effort to save your grandson’s life is actually nothing more than another infringement upon the rights of others … and a way for the judicial system to make lots and lots of money.
          For many rural areas, their most profitable businesses, besides their school districts, are their county jails and probabtion offices.

          • John Steigerwald

            Two different arguments. I think every person in prison for breaking a marijuana law should be let out of jail yesterday. And if innocent people are being thrown in jail that should be stopped, the legal number can be debated but the breathalyzer test can also prove your innocence. Neither I nor my wife drink, by the way and I would be thrilled if everybody stopped drinking tomorrow.

  • Mike from Monroeville

    How do we know there were no priors? Wasnt he originally charged with driving under suspension? How did his license get suspended? Thats normally a 90 prison sentence if its DUI related.

    And this is just the first time he was caught. Im sure he’s been drunk driving for a while.

    • Rod Stallion

      Criminal records are public record. Google UJS Portal and go to the criminal section. You’ll find the criminal history of anybody in PA.

      • Mike from Monroeville

        And I’m betting you no one has checked.

    • Bobzilla

      Driving Drunk without getting caught isn’t a punishable offense. We still have a few rights left in this country, don’t we? I guess if you had your way, people would be locked up without a shred of evidence. What a country!!!

  • BOB

    Will Hines Ward be suspended by the NFL?

    • John Steigerwald

      Probably not.

      • Matt

        Isn’t pleading guilty an automatic suspension?

        • John Steigerwald

          He didn’t plead guilty to DUI.

          • Matt

            He pled guilty to something. Roethlisberger was neither charged nor pled guilty to anything and he got 6 games shortened to 4.

          • John Steigerwald

            Roehtlisberger had a body of work going back a few years. I think the NFL had done a lot of research on him and told him to take the six games and shut up if he knew what was good for him.

  • Fish Monger

    If that’s the case, the same rule should be included for:

    Texting and driving

    They have killed lots of people too.

    • John Steigerwald

      You can prove speeding and I think the penalties should be severe for really excessive speeds. I also think the speed limits could be higher.

      • Fish Monger

        Then I could argue that some people can drive better at .08 than some totally sober. Drive the parkway east everyday and you see plenty of clowns, totally in a fog, not paying attention. Throw em in jail, I say.

        So jail time for excessive speeds but not for a little over? How about a weekend in jail for .08-.10 and 1 week for .10-.16 and a month for .17-.22, and maybe the death penalty for .23 and over.

        Maybe they could do jail time for amount of bytes entered in the phone. Less text less jail and more time for more texts?

        Can’t change the goalposts, John. Speeding and texting and driving is as dangerous.

        The constuction industry will love you, though. We will need to quadruple the number of jails.

        • John Steigerwald

          This may come as a shock to you, but you have to be CONVICTED of a crime. So, not everybody who was pulled over would go to jail. If you get your due process and it’s determined that you were driving drunk, you should spend some time in jail. I don’t think it’s that harsh. Don’t drive drunk. And you can argue all you want about the .08. That’s a separate issue. Make it a reasonable number. Once that’s established, you go to jail for blowing a number higher than that. It’s also kind of hard for a cop to detect texting on someone’s breath.

          • Paul

            .23 is getting real close to a self-imposed death penalty

          • Matt

            I agree if you do away with check points. There is little due process when people are stopped with no probable cause and forced to submit to a test.

          • John Steigerwald

            I will never understand how checkpoints are not unconstitutional. People should refuse to put down their windows until they see a search warrant. I wish there was a group out there that targeted checkpoint and sent 100 cars to them and had everyone refuse to cooperate.

          • Bobzilla

            The .08 (down from .10) BAC was established as the legal limit in order to create more “drunk drivers.” DUIs are big business. DUIs are a cash cow for all minicipalities.
            The punishment for DUIs in this state is based on a person’s individual BAC. The higher the person’s BAC, the tougher the punishment. Mr. Coonely, if convicted, would definitely do jail time in the county in which I live. Having said that, the .08 BAC is a joke. The .10 BAC should be reinstated.

          • John Steigerwald

            That’s your federal government, stupid, one size fits all mentality at work. The states’ don’t get federal highway funding if they’re not at 0.8. A good example of how the federal government has been able to get around that pesky 10th amendment.

          • Bobzilla

            The one major thing that disturbs me is the government’s deception that the BAC was lowered for “safety” reasons. If our government actually cared about our “safety,” would it allow motorcyclists to travel 80 mph down a major interstate without a helmet? I think not.

      • Fish Monger

        Oh and the speed limits should be higher? OK, maybe some would think that the BAC should be higher for DUI.

        • John Steigerwald

          Higher on the interstates. I don’t know about the BAC. States should decide. Violators should get jail time.

          • Jeff S

            “states should decide” You don’t think that leads to more of a money making scheme than public safety?…. As they say on ESPN CMON MAN

          • John Steigerwald

            If the people in the states think it’s in unfair, ineffective money making scheme, they can un-elect the people responsible for it. If you don’t like it you can move to another state. Nowhere to move to when it’s a federal law.

          • Bobzilla

            There is no way politicians are going to be “politically incorrect” by messing with the legal limit for DUIs. Think they also might allow smoking in bars again?

          • John Steigerwald

            Don’t get me started on the ridiculous, un-American smoking ban.

  • speagle

    Should you go to jail for texting while driving?

    I think that is a lot worse than being 0.09 BAC.

    • John Steigerwald

      Kind of hard to prove it, but I’d be OK with jail time.

  • notolucky

    Nothing will work as a deterrent. If we put all the drunk drivers in jail the country would stand still. There wouldn’t be enough workers to build the jails, or architects to design them or police to make the arrests. Office buildings would be half full. There aren’t enough taxpayers to pay that bill. Things would be so bad it would create more drunk drivers.

    • John Steigerwald

      Works for me.

  • Erik

    I’m hearing that 93.7 the fan has been instructed not to discuss this on the air not are they allowed to take calls on this matter. Does anyone know if this is true?

    • John Steigerwald

      They are taking calls on it now.

  • DavidMcGwire

    Did you read about how 93.7 was instructed not to talk about the DUI or field any calls regarding it?

  • Niblick

    What could have happened . . . didn’t happen. I would never condone drunk driving. Heck, I wouldn’t condone texting while driving. For that matter, I don’t know Coonelly and don’t really care about him. But, jail time? No, sorry that doesn’t warrant jail time. The breathalyzer number is meaningless most times. There are people that might be impaired under the .08. There might be people that are fine over .08. If the police wanted to they could stand outside every bar and restaurant in Pittsburgh and arrest people that just had dinner and some drinks that get into their cars. MADD is another group of liberal whackos. There needs to be a better system but I don’t know what they are.

    • John Steigerwald

      Driving the wrong way on an entrance ramp is pretty meaningful. Maybe the limit is too low. That’s a different debate. Driving drunk is exactly the same as waving a loaded gun around in the middle of a shopping mall. It deserves jail time and I and my family deserve to be protected from people who do it.

  • Cambot

    iis mismanagement of the team should get him jail-time; his DUI should get him deported.