Pittsburgh's Kang Jung-ho Pleads for 1 More Chance

Michelle Jung, Feb. 23, 2017, 10:19 a.m.

Repentant Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kang Jung-ho asked for "one last chance" in his trial for drunk driving at the Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday.

Kang pleaded guilty to all charges and said, "I've felt very bad about what happened, and I regret it very much. I made a big mistake that let my fans and young children down."

Prosecutors demanded a summary fine of W15 million but the court decided to put him on trial because it considers the charges too serious (US$1 = W1,144).

Kang was charged with driving under influence when he crashed into a guardrail near Samseong Subway Station in Seoul and fled the scene on Jan. 2. As he had two previous convictions for drunk driving from 2009 and 2011, his license was cancelled.

Kang's lawyers said he was unable to participate in the team's spring training because of the trial and is training alone at a private sports center in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province. "We humbly plead for favorable handling of the case and allow him to use his talent positively," they added.

The verdict is scheduled for March 3.

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