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Ex-pitcher Joba Chamberlain gets liquor license — with a warning — for his pub

August 9, 2018

LINCOLN — A pending drunken-driving charge didn’t stop former Husker and Major League Baseball pitcher Joba Chamberlain from getting a liquor license for a planned Lincoln bar Wednesday.

The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission voted 2-0, with one member absent, to grant a license to KJAM Pub Group.

Chamberlain is the majority owner in the limited liability corporation that plans to open a neighborhood-style bar, called Chamberlain’s, in a south Lincoln strip mall.

The license was granted on the condition that Chamberlain would have no alcohol-related charges for a year. The Lincoln City Council previously approved the license application with the same condition.

Commissioner Bob Batt of Omaha offered the motion to approve the license, but offered a warning to the former pitcher.

“You have some priors and you’re a public person,” he said. “It only takes one time to screw it up.”

Chamberlain acknowledged that he had made “a dumb mistake” on May 3 when he drove home from an evening of celebrating with friends.

“As human beings, you make mistakes and you fess up to it and you get to work,” he said.

Chamberlain had a previous DUI conviction in 2008. He told the commissioners that he does not drink when his 12-year-old son, who lives with him part-time, is staying with him. He said he drinks only about three times a week otherwise, at the golf course or with friends.

Chamberlain retired from professional baseball last year.

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