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Fallout to come? Swindal apologizes for arrest

2/19/2007 - MLB New York Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. -- Steve Swindal returned to work at Legends
Field on Monday and apologized for becoming a distraction. He
wouldn't speculate whether his arrest last week for driving under
the influence would alter his role as George Steinbrenner's
designated successor to run the New York Yankees.

Swindal was arrested early Thursday by the St. Petersburg
Police, who claimed he was driving 61 mph in a 35 mph zone. Swindal
was released on $250 bond and has a March 15 court date.

"I just wanted to tell you on a personal level how embarrassed
I am for my family, for the Yankees, the fans. I know I let a lot
of people down, and I promise to do better and put this behind
me," he said, standing in front of a photograph of Billy Martin in
the Legends Field press box.

Steinbrenner said in June 2005 that Swindal eventually would
succeed him as the Yankees' controlling owner.

Asked whether his status with the team will change, Swindal
responded: "Hopefully, not." Pressed whether he still viewed
himself as Steinbrenner's successor, Swindal replied: "I can't
answer that other than it would be speculation."

The 52-year-old Swindal, who lives in Tampa, is a general
partner of the team and is married to Steinbrenner's daughter,
Jennifer. Swindal said he would be at spring training "for the
duration."

Swindal said he had been instructed not to comment on the
details of what led to his arrest. He talked generally about his
relationship with Steinbrenner.

"I've been married 23 years and guys, I've got to tell you, on
a personal level, he's been a great father-in-law. That's not
changed," he said. "He's been a great father-in-law and
supportive. He supports me. I don't feel anything but a guy who is
looking out after me and supports me."

He said Steinbrenner's advice to him was: "Let's just try to
get this behind us and move forward and get to work."