I am struggling with the knowledge that my hero has feet of clay. I have been so in awe of Ty Pennington and the good he does for people all over the country. Some of you may have heard by now that Ty was arrested for DUI in Los Angeles a couple of days ago. Ouch. That’s bad. Really bad. The good part though…if there can be a good part…is that he is taking full responsibility for his actions. Here is what he posted on his website:
“To My Fans:
I made an error in judgment. We all make mistakes, however this is about accountability. Under no circumstances should anyone consume alcohol while driving. I could have jeopardized the lives of others and I am grateful there was no accident or harm done to anyone. This was my wake-up call. I also want to apologize to my fans, ABC Television and my design team for my lapse in judgment and the embarrassment I have caused.”
He was arrested, just like anyone else would have been. He spent several hours in lock-up, just like anyone else would have had to do to sober up. He posted bond, just like anyone else would have had to do. He will have to appear in court, just like anyone else would have to do. He will probably plead guilty (he’s just that kind of guy) and get sentenced the same as anyone else.
Please remember that, unless a death or grave injury is involed, a first offense DUI almost never involves jail time. The jail time is usually suspended on the condition that a court ordered substance abuse program is successfully completed.
Ty messed up. He knows he messed up. He freely and publicly admits he messed up. I hope we can all (me included) give him credit for all the good he has done and not let this mistake undo it all. Everyone deserves a second chance, even our heroes…even when we think they ought to be perfect.