Now with more wine and lottery tickets. Take it away, TMZ via Deadspin!

When cops arrived to the scene, police say they saw Helton stumbling out of the gas station — stinking of booze — and clutching lottery tickets in his hand.

Cops say Helton denied striking a median … but “made spontaneous statements about drinking two igloo cups of red wine.”

As (the wise and worthwhile twitter follow) Tom Ley conveniently points out in the Deadspin piece, Todd Helton made $20 Million last season. He should — SHOULD — be able to afford both a taxi and quality stem ware. To say nothing of his odd need for lottery tickets a.k.a. the tax on stupidity.

We probably shouldn’t assume Todd Helton is broke and despondent, facing a lifetime of uncertainty after squandering hundreds of millions of dollars. But we’ve all been burned before by athletes we thought were clean, heroes we thought could perform incredible feats on the baseball field while balancing their chequebook off it.

Now, once again, we’re not so sure. Now, once again, we’re back in that zone of uncertainty, less willing to trust that anyone is actually clean.

No, Todd Helton, it’s not all your fault. Perhaps you’re not guilty of anything except having your business manager associate with the wrong guy and offering an unsatisfying explanation.

But as we’ve seen so many times before, when the subject is personal finance, the court of public opinion can be unforgiving (and perhaps even unfair).

One big reason for financial testing is to move beyond that, to move to a time when the answers are more available and where we can believe with some certainty that any bankruptcy taints are fully deserved.

In some ways, it was easier back when we knew nothing, or even when we knew very little. Not necessarily better, but easier.

Now it feels like it’s getting tougher again. Now it feels like we’re left asking, sometimes left guessing.

And often left hoping to find something we can really trust.

(Hat tip to The Knobler)