White Sox manager Tony La Russa arrested for DUI – The Athletic

Nothing was going to stop White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

Not the question of whether Tony La Russa would adjust his views on protests of racial injustice. Not the risk La Russa would frown upon the White Sox’s “let the kids play” exuberance. Not the standard process for hiring managers and, as first reported on Monday night by ESPN, not even a charge for driving under the influence one day before La Russa was named manager.

The White Sox were aware of the Hall of Fame manager’s arrest in February before hiring him, team spokesman Scott Reifert said. Reinsdorf, hellbent on making up for his mistake of firing La Russa in 1986, went ahead anyway, turning the La Russa Express into a runaway train. White Sox officials told rival executives they stood by helplessly as the train blew past, unable to stop their owner from bringing his longtime friend back into the organization.

The initial message of the La Russa hire, which included the…