Pirates release statement on Jung Ho Kang

September 29 2016: Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang (27) throws to first base to force out Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. (5) in the third inning during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)
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A rough week for the Pittsburgh Pirates got even worse Thursday night.

According to multiple reports, Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang has been arrested in his native South Korea for DUI and fleeing the scene.

This comes just a few months after Kang was accused of sexual assault and was under investigation by the Chicago Police Department.

Following his arrest, Pirates president Frank Coonelly released this statement:

We have been made aware of the very serious charges filed against Jung Ho Kang early Friday morning in Seoul, South Korea.

We are extremely disappointed in Jung Ho and in his decision process during this matter. I know firsthand how foolish and dangerous it is to drive under the influence and am most thankful that, as we understand it, no one was injured.

We will have further comment once we have been able to gather all of the relevant facts and speak with the player.

This is awful timing for Pirates fans, as Kang is about the only key Pirates player not involved in trade talks this week. It’s been rumored that the face of the franchise, Andrew McCutchen, is already a goner, and second baseman Josh Harrison, along with closer Tony Watson, could be dealt as well.

Pittsburgh has already seen key bench players Sean Rodriguez and Matt Joyce come to terms with other teams. If the Pirates also trade McCutchen and Harrison, half of the team’s position players from the 2015 NL Wild Card game would be gone.

After recovering from a leg injury that kept him out until May, Kang hit .255 with 21 home runs and 62 RBI in 318 at-bats over 103 games last season.

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