The chances of Jung Ho Kang wearing a Pirates uniform this year took a major hit.
Today, a South Korean court dismissed an appeal by Kang of an eight-month suspended prison sentence. This charge stems from an incident in December when Kang crashed his car into a guardrail and then fled the scene.
It was determined that Kang was drunk with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent, which is higher than Korea’s legal level of 0.05.
Kang and his lawyers were trying to get the punishment dropped to a fine.
This is reportedly Kane’s third DUI conviction since 2009.
The suspended sentence for Kang means he’ll only face jail time if he’s charged with a DUI again in the next two years.
Kang still hasn’t been able to obtain a work visa to enter the United States.
It’s highly unlikely this situation will be resolved in time for Kang to contribute to the Pirates in 2017 and it’s a big question if he’ll ever play for them again.
Kang is in the third year of a four-year, $11 million contract.