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Royals pitcher Danny Duffy cited for DUI in Overland Park

Royals pitcher Danny Duffy was cited Sunday in Overland Park for driving under the influence, police said Tuesday.

Duffy was arrested about 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Burger King at 13640 Metcalf Ave.

Overland Park police officer and spokesman Brian Payne said he could not release further details. A police report provides no other information.

“I just wanted to say that, for this situation that’s been put at hand, I apologize for the distraction, especially with where the team is at right now,” Duffy said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference at Kauffman Stadium. “Regardless of whether we’d been on a run or not, this is never a good time for this situation to come about.

“To every kid out there that looks up to me, that has read a headline, seen something, looks up to me, I’ll just continue to do great for this city. I promise you that. I think, any of you all know me, this is something that’s very difficult to go through. When everything comes out and shakes out, I’m going to be better because of it. I’m standing on a lot of people’s shoulders right now. And a lot of people have done a lot of things to help me get where I’m at.

“To those people, too, let the facts shake out, and please continue to have faith in me, because I’m better than the distraction that is at hand. And I’m going to continue do great things for this city.”

Under Major League Baseball rules, players charged with DUI can be punished by the league or by a team, but not both, and can be recommended to receive voluntary treatment.

“There’s obviously consequences for actions,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “That’s the way life works. And that’s the way it should work. That’s the way we expect it to work. And it will work.”

Duffy was not held by police because he is a Kansas resident, according to Sean Reilly, spokesperson for the City of Overland Park. Duffy’s first appearance in municipal court is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 19.

Jay Norton, a DUI and DWI attorney with Norton Hale in Overland Park, told The Star that most police departments in Johnson County typically will release a Kansas resident suspected of DUI to any sober person who can pick them up without posting bond.

“They don’t have to go to the police station,” Norton said. “A police officer could just write somebody a ticket for a DUI and let them go, just the same way they could write a ticket for reckless driving or speeding or something like that.”

On Sunday, the Royals finished a three-game series in Cleveland, losing 12-0 that afternoon. But Duffy was in Kansas City on Saturday to have a MRI exam of his elbow and was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Duffy was at Kauffman Stadium on Monday as the Royals opened a series against Tampa Bay. He opted to not talk to reporters about his injury and said, through a Royals official, that he wanted to spend the afternoon in the trainer’s room.

Moore also issued a statement before Tuesday’s news conference.

“We are obviously disappointed in the news we have received regarding Danny Duffy’s DUI arrest on Sunday night,” Moore said. “Danny was not part of the team traveling back from Cleveland on Sunday because he had returned to Kansas City a day earlier to undergo an MRI examination.

“We are still in the early stages of gathering the details, but I do know that Danny has always been accountable as a member of this organization and we expect the same accountability from him as this process moves forward.

“We obviously do not condone anyone driving while under the influence, but this is now a legal matter and we will allow the process to unfold and cannot comment any further.”

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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