Danny Duffy enters DUI plea, receives probation

Royals' Danny Duffy after DUI citation: 'Please continue to have faith in me'

Danny Duffy talks about a DUI citation he received in Overland Park.
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Danny Duffy talks about a DUI citation he received in Overland Park.

Royals pitcher Danny Duffy has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Overland Park and placed on probation, according to a city spokesman.

Sean Reilly, a communications manager of Overland Park, confirmed Tuesday that Duffy entered the plea last Thursday. He was fined $1,220, including court fees and must not drink or use illegal drugs for a year, in accordance with the probation. He will be subjected to random breath, blood and urine tests, Reilly said.

Duffy had previously entered a not guilty plea. He was cited for DUI around 8 p.m. Aug. 27 in the drive-thru lane of a Burger King restaurant after employees called police because they saw a vehicle stopped short of the window with a man inside slumped over the console between the driver’s and passenger’s seats.

Duffy, 28, concluded his seventh season with the Royals in 2017, posting a 9-10 record with a 3.81 ERA in 24 starts. He signed a five-year, $65 million contract extension last January following the best season of his career in 2016.

Two days after being cited in Overland Park, Duffy held a news conference at Kauffman Stadium and apologized “for the distraction.” He also asked Royals fans and observers to “let the facts shake out.”

For now, Duffy has not faced any public discipline or punishment from Major League Baseball. The Royals did not have any comment on the matter Tuesday.

Danny Duffy was cited for Driving Under the Influence while in the Burger King drive-through at 137th Street and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. (Video courtesy of Raquel Wesson)