Pirates infielder Kang gets suspended sentence for drink driving

WEB Jung Ho Kang 022217 Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul South Korea Feb. 22

Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang was given a suspended eight-month prison sentence Thursday related to a DUI arrest in South Korea past year.

The Seoul Central District Court sentenced Kang to eight months in prison, which is to be suspended for two years, for leaving the scene of a DUI accident in Seoul on December 2.

However, the sentence will be suspended for two years.

Prosecutors had sought a summary order with a fine of 15 million won [$13,000 in the U.S.] on Kang.

The Pirates and Jung Ho Kang's representatives are still trying to acquire the visa that would allow him to enter the United States and report to spring training, team president Frank Coonelly said in a statement Friday morning.


According to police, Kang didn't stop after driving a rented BMW into a guardrail at about 3 a.m. while returning to his Seoul hotel in December.

After the hearing, Kang said, "I deeply regret what I have done". He was twice previously fined on drunk driving-related charges in 2009 and 2011. "If I can get one last chance, I will become an exemplary player to earn respect from everyone".

Kang had 21 home runs and 62 RBIs in 103 games in 2016 during his second season in the majors.

He is projected to start at third base for Pittsburgh.

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