Pirates third baseman Jung-Ho Kang has been handed a suspended sentence in his DUI case. He received a sentence of eight months in prison, suspended for two years. If he complies with the terms of the suspended sentence, he won’t serve any jail time. When Kang pleaded guilty, prosecutors sought a fine of roughly $13,000, but the court determined that the offense, which included leaving the scene of an accident, justified resolution through a trial. The offense was Kang’s third DUI.
Kang apparently will be able to head to training camp with the Pirates, but the possibility of discipline from the Pirates or MLB remains an unknown factor.
UPDATE: The Pirates have issued a statement on Kang’s situation. The gist of it is that they won’t have any further word on discipline until they’ve met with Kang and his representatives. The statement also says that the team is working with Kang’s representatives on a visa.