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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

January 27, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Contrite Adam Kennedy on DUI: “It’s something I’m really ashamed of”

I just got off the phone with Adam Kennedy, who is calling selected Seattle media members to express his regret over his DUI arrest yesterday.

“I want to let you know this is not the typical character of me,” he said. “It’s something I’m really ashamed of, and not proud to bring to the Seattle Mariners, especially not having put on the uniform. It’s my first legal trouble — something I’m definitely not looking to ever do again.”

Kennedy said he has talked to Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik today.

“Jack was real stern. He was stern about this not being acceptable and not how they do things. He was also supportive about moving forward and trying to rectify as much as I can on a personal level between me and Seattle.”

Kennedy said he was at dinner last night with some buddies, and left the restaurant at about 8.

“I was cited for speeding, and they went to a breathalyzer test. I came up a little above the limit. It’s not acceptable to be driving in that situation. Regrettable is an understatement.”

I asked Kennedy when he will appear in court. “All that stuff is being worked on by my lawyer,” he said. “That’s a little secondary for me at this point. Talking to Jack and getting squared away with them has been my first worry.”

Asked what he would like to say to the fans, Kennedy said, “It’s not the way I wanted to get off my Seattle career. But hopefully, with some good attitude and good play, they’ll have a different outlook come the season.”

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