By John Clark
Former NBA point guard Kenny Anderson was arrested for a DUI this week in south Florida, and has lost his job as a result of the arrest, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
According to sources, Anderson, 42, was pulled over by police in Pembroke Pines, Florida, last Saturday night after failing to signal before changing lanes.
After failing a field sobriety test, Anderson was asked to submit to a breathalyzer test, which revealed that his blood alcohol level was 0.194, which is well above Florida’s legal limit of 0.08.
As a result of his arrest, three days later, Anderson was reportedly fired from his job at David Posnack Jewish Day School, where he coached the basketball team.
Sources note that the school’s decision to fire Anderson after his drunk driving arrest wasn’t necessarily based on that one fateful decision.
According to reports, Anderson was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident in December 2011, when he reportedly drove his Cadillac Escalade into two trees on a road in Broward County, Florida.
To add suspicion to the accident, Anderson originally told responding officers that a flat tire caused him to lose control of his car, but investigators noted that none of the car’s tires were flat when they surveyed the scene after the crash.
No one was injured in the accident, and Anderson was charged with a misdemeanor driving offense, according to police reports.
So while Anderson was able to keep his job at the small, private high school following his first driving incident, he was not able to convince school officials to keep his post after the DUI arrest.
Of course, the school may have also grown tired of Anderson’s lack of success on the court. According to sources, his team finished 1-13 last season, and the team has reportedly failed to improve since he took the helm in August 2013.
The firing is a professional setback for Anderson, who played for nine NBA teams between 1991 and 2005 and has said he’d like to eventually coach college basketball.
Anderson was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008, and finished his college education in 2010, receiving a degree in organization leadership from St. Thomas University in Miami, according to sources.
Anderson has previous experience coaching in the Continental Basketball Association, which may be the next place he turns as he looks to reform his reputation following his DUI arrest.