Dan McLaughlin: Broadcaster's Fate Sealed After 2nd DWI Arrest

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Comparing his 2010 mugshot (left) to Sunday's photo, it seems that even an allegedly pickled McLaughlin understands the gravity of the matter.
Mark my words. Dan McLaughlin's career is finito in St. Louis. That's a shame. He was a decent broadcaster, but that's just the way it is. He will not survive his latest PR blunder, and he has no one to blame but himself.

On Sunday night, the 37-year-old McLaughlin was arrested for driving under the influence after he crashed his car into a street sign in Chesterfield. It's the second time in a little over a year that the Cardinals' play-by-play announcer on Fox Sports Midwest has been charged with a DWI.

Last November, McLaughlin pleaded guilty to a driving under the influence after police pulled him over in August 2010 for driving erratically down Highway 40 in Chesterfield. He was allowed to keep his driver's license and was placed on two years' probation. That didn't turn out too well.

Sunday's accident occurred around 10:13 p.m. Police say McLaughlin crashed his vehicle into a sign at Baxter and Isle View Drive and then left the scene. He was released on a $750 bond.

Fox Sports Midwest has already suspended McLaughlin in light of his most recent arrest, though the season on FSM ended Wednesday. The network doesn't broadcast postseason play. Frankly, I don't see how FSM could possibly bring him back for next year -- not when the Cardinals supposedly have a zero-tolerance stand on drunk driving following Tony La Russa's drunken catnap behind the wheel, Josh Hancock's death, David Freese's DUI and Scott Spiezio's alcohol-fueled meltdown. The Cardinals, btw, have last say on who broadcasts the games.

Already this year McLaughlin saw his broadcasting time diminish significantly with the addition of former Cardinals pitcher Rick Horton in the FSM booth. In an interview about that just last week, McLaughlin -- a St. Louis native -- called his position with Fox Sports a "dream job."

"I'm very happy just to have the job, it's more than I ever thought I'd have in my life," he said.

Here's hoping he enjoyed it while it lasted.

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SuperRed1
SuperRed1

I might not have liked the guy, but at least he was better than Al Hrabosky . . . don't really think I have to explain my feelings about the "Mad Hungarian", do I? 

Nascarfun18
Nascarfun18

I too enjoyed listening to Dan on FSN.  I believe he did an adequate job and enjoyed him even more when the Cardinals were winning.  That being said, a person of his intelligence and position has to be held to a higher standard.  I too have a career that places me in the public eye in a different capacity, and that is not nearly as glamorous.  The deterrent for me not to drink and drive is of course, the possibility of killing or maiming somebody else or my self; but also because of the public embarrassment to family, my profession and myself.  It is also the risk of losing my livelihood, which in turn would cause me to risk losing my family and everything I have work so hard to achieve.  It is obvious, he has received a second chance already and has failed to learn from his mistake.  I feel giving him another chance would only give him self empowerment and provide a false sense of invincibility.  In theroy, the eyes of justice are supposed to be blind, but I believe we all know that is not the case.  It is time for the criminal justice system to take a stand, not based upon one's financial means and "legal- team", but to treat him with equality and sentence him to a term consistent with the crime.  No better, no worse.  And give him the opportunity for rehabilitation, which he should eagerly accept.       

Disgusted
Disgusted

There is a LOT of construction on Baxter Rd @ this time--narrowed lanes, lane changes, etc. I live very near the accident site which BTW has been the site of MANY accidents over the yrs including several deaths. I have ZERO tolerance for this type of behavior from ANYONE. He didn't learn the first time. Will it take him killing someone for the wake up call to happen?

Epmgaw
Epmgaw

Yeah, yeah, we all make mistakes, and none of us are perfect - BUT:

1) Most of us try to NOT make stupid mistakes, especially those that can cost us our livelihood;

2) Some folks make a lot more "mistakes" than others, & they keep making the same mistakes again and again and again; and 

3) Not all mistakes are equal - there are normal, everyday mistakes, like misplacing your car keys or forgetting to get something at the grocery store, and then there are incredibly stupid, asinine, potentially life-ending or life-damaging  mistakes, like choosing to get trashed, and then choosing to try to operate a thousand pounds of steel and glass.

I don't care how many wonderful things he may have done, he still had absolutely no right to endanger others by his actions.

Epmgaw
Epmgaw

He's only 37? He looks to me likes he's well into his 40s. That's what booze does to ya,

tony
tony

I consider Dan one of  the  best play by play TV baseball announcers .Direct TV out of market package let me make the call on any feed of all games. Number one is Vin Skully doing Dodgers, however Dan is a close second.   Lets all take a deep breath and give Dan a chance to get it right, We all make mistakes including my self,  I hope Dan will  be on Fox Sports Midwest in 2012 doing Cardinals baseball.Tony TrunkelMesa, AZ

tony
tony

I always enjoyed watching the Cards on FSM, with Dan doing play by play, I will take the  Cardinals feed if front of everyone but Vin Skully on Dodgers TV.  Direct TV  out of market games are well worth the money, Lets all take a deep breath and give Dan a chance to get it right. I hope Dan will broodcast Cards TV in 2012Tony TrunkelMesa, AZ

Kind33
Kind33 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I have certainly made mistakes in my life so will not be throwing any stones at Mr. McLaughlin in this scenario.  I think it's easy for some people to jump on their high horse and begin preaching how the rest of us should lead our lives while discounting their own misdeeds.  I've listened to and enjoyed watching his career progress for years.  I'm also aware of his tremendous charity work in the St. Louis community and his respect among his peers, players, and fans.  I believe he deserves our love and support and, through that, maybe he'll come out of this able to lead through example and changed forever for the better.  He is a good guy who made a bad mistake.  He has another chance left in my book.

Obdoctor
Obdoctor like.author.displayName 1 Like

I agree with Kind33. I've enjoyed listening to Dan for a few years now. I hope he returns to the booth. He is a good man and human like the rest of us. He is not perfect and niether am I. Every year, he hosts the golf tournament to raise money for the Special Education Foundation. I have personally witnessed his kindness to strangers and kids who happen to be lucky enough to visit the booth at Busch stadium. Dan has my full support.

MVP5GREGG
MVP5GREGG

i knew it??????free beer at als bar after games,thinking he was important,yep,one fox midwest broadcaster outa control.good job dan,you are important,to get off the road,you werent that good in the booth,nor could you handle your liquor,were you with spezio that night???

judy h.
judy h.

Well, I have ZERO TOLERANCE for drunk drivers of any profession.  This guy has a real problem.  He most definitely has lost the respect from "Cardinal Nation", FSM and the St. Louis Cardinals Organization.  Instead of coming back to the broadcast both, he needs to spend his time in rehab.  

James
James

The revolving door of limited Broadcast Quality talent at FSM will continue without the mostqualified of the group --to bad the ratings don't reflect how many people turn off the sound and listen to Rooney and Mike while waatching major league picture coverage. 

GDM
GDM

if the Cards really had the last say on who was on FSNMW, Jack Clark would still be employed there. 

it sucks for Dan, he was good. here's hoping they don't stick is with Ricky & Al. both those idiots should be shown the door & either Bob Carpenter or Joel Myers brought back to work with Shannon & do both TV & radio. 

Twinz4me
Twinz4me

I'm disgusted with Dan's behavior. I feel sorry for his wife and his children. My father drank for the 17 years I lived at home. It screwed up my 5 brothers and sisters and, myself in many ways, our family almost broke apart. My father has been sober 25 years now, but a lot of damage was done. Dan, you have lost a dream job...seek help before you loose your beautiful too.

dantuna
dantuna

He wasn't even driving a car he owns...either time he was arrested...like alot of celebs, they get cars to drive from dealers and plug them on air in exchange....Behlmann gives him cars to drive...

Guest
Guest

Too bad for him that he's not jewish like John Carney(berg). Then he would have gotten away with leading police on a slow speed chase ending in smashing in to the cop car and then getting out and taking a swing at the cop only to have the whole thing dismissed. Yeah, it's good to be a beanie boy in America.

Mickgirl609
Mickgirl609

Having lost my only sibling & his friend to a repeat offending drunk driver, I say one offense is enough!  He should have lost his license the first time.  Dan should count his lucky stars that he doesn't have to look a parent in the eyes & explain why their child is dead!  Shame on you!

Mike N.
Mike N.

Thankfully I'm no expert in the area, but from what I understand, he'll be lucky to stay out of jail, as the probation violation will nullify the suspended sentence.  They've increased the severity of DUI penaties in MO lately, so, he's kind of screwed.

Jes
Jes

He definitely won't go to jail with a good legal team behind him and I'm sure he can spring for that. I do agree that in most other aspects of his life, yes, he is screwed. Hope this is a wake up call for him to get the help he needs. Can you say lifestyle change?

Mike N.
Mike N.

The only thing is, being 'high profile' works both ways -- the courts may like to make an example out of him give him a few weeks of "shock time."

KRISTINA
KRISTINA

WHAT AN IDIOT. DON'T YOU THINK HE MAKES ENOUGH MONEY TO JUST CALL A CAB???????????????

Jon Roosmann
Jon Roosmann like.author.displayName 1 Like

Dan was getting too big to fit in the booth with Al's ego anyway.

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