Sports Celebrity DUI Spotlight
By: Chris Kramer
Sports figures are not only judged in the public eye by how they perform on the fields or courts of play but also by how they behave away from the game. Sports figures and trouble have seemed synonymous lately as some of the biggest names in the game have been nabbed for DUI. From outstanding NFL quarterbacks like Warren Moon and Steve McNair to famous NBA owner Jerry Buss of the Los Angeles Lakers' to key figures in Major League Baseball, hockey, boxing and other sports, 2007 has already seen its fair share of athletes get busted for DUI. And the year's not even in the ninth inning yet!
Follow the Sports Celebrity DUI Spotlight below and be warned that the NFL does not stand for Not Following the Law but is rather short for the National Football League (just kidding Commissioner Goodell). And don't forget to check out our other Celebrity DUI Spotlight sections for the latest DUI news involving hot shots in the entertainment, music, political and miscellaneous worlds.
Sports Celebrity DUI Spotlight Updated
Tank Johnson Signs with Dallas Cowboys despite DUI Suspension
The Associated Press has reported that former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson will now play for the Dallas Cowboys despite an eight game suspension from the NFL for violating NFL policies. Johnson, who signed a two-year contract with Dallas, will begin playing after his suspension. Johnson was arrested in June for DUI, which violated his probation on a prior weapons charge.
Tampa Bay Receiver David Boston Arrested for DUI
Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver David Boston was arrested for DUI after Pinellas Park, Florida police found him unconscious at the wheel of his vehicle. According to police, breath tests indicated that Boston did not have alcohol in his system and no drugs were found in his vehicle. Results of a urine test have not been released. Boston could face a four-game suspension from the NFL for violating the substance abuse policy if he is found to have ingested an illegal substance that caused his unconsciousness.
Miami Heat Forward James Posey Takes DUI Plea Deal
The Miami Herald has reported that free agent Miami Heat forward James Posey has taken a plea deal in the April DUI case against him. Posey was arrested last April in Miami Beach after he reportedly parked his car on a street and began talking to pedestrians and other drivers. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving and was sentenced to 50 hours of community services, six months probation, DUI driving school and $275 in court costs and fees. Posey was a key contributor on the Heat team that defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals.
Cox and Thurman File DUI Discrimination Suits
The Orlando Sentinel has reported that Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Torrie Cox and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman have joined forces and filed discrimination claims against the NFL with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The players were both suspended from the NFL for repeat violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. They claim that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell portrayed them as "alcoholics" and discriminated against them. They seek to have their NFL suspensions overturned.
Hockey Star Mark Bell Pleads No Contest to DUI; Takes Jail Time
The Associated Press has reported that former San Jose Sharks forward Mark Bell has taken a DUI plea deal in the felony DUI hit-and-run case against him in Santa Clara County, California. Bell pleaded 'no contest' to misdemeanor charges and will serve six months in a Santa Clara County jail, according to prosecutors. If he hadn't taken the plea deal, Bell may have faced up to four years in a state prison if convicted. Bell was arrested in 2006 after his car rear-ended a pickup truck in Mipitas, California. The driver of the other vehicle sustained multiple head injuries and cuts. Bell reportedly left the scene of the drunk driving accident and was later arrested. His blood alcohol content (BAC) was nearly twice the California legal limit of .08.
Steve Swindal DUI Court Date Postponed Again
The Associated Press has reported that former New York Yankees executive Steve Swindall's DUI hearing has been postponed yet again, this time until September 20. Swindal was arrested in St. Petersburg, Florida in February and charged with misdemeanor DUI. He was charged on the same day that his wife, Jennifer Lynn Steinbrenner Swindal, daughter of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, filed for divorce. The couple was married for 23 years. Swindal has pleaded not guilty to the DUI charges.
Tank Johnson Not Bitter That Bears Released Him after DUI Arrest
Even though his blood alcohol content was found to be below the legal limit of .08 after he was arrested on DUI charges, former Chicago Bears player Tank Johnson has said he's not bitter that he was released from the team. "They had supported me through thick and thin," Johnson told television network ESPN. "The Bears went to bat for me publicly and more so privately to help me get through this stuff. I put them in a very hard situation." Johnson was arrested in Gilbert, Arizona in early July with a blood alcohol content of .072, which is below the legal limit of .08.
Montana's J.D. Quinn Pleads Not Guilty to DUI
University of Montana lineman J.D. Quinn has pleaded not guilty to DUI and speeding and has reportedly entered an alcohol counseling program as part of a DUI plea deal. Quinn transferred to Montana team after he was kicked off the football team in Oklahoma. Quinn apologized publicly in a statement that said he is prepared to accept any disciplinary action that may be imposed on him because of the DUI. Missoula, Montana police said Quinn was pulled over for speeding and given a field sobriety test, which he reportedly did not pass. The DUI is his first offense.
OSU Basketball Player Marcus Dove Suspended After Arrest for Suspicion of DUI
Another Oklahoma State University athlete has been arrested, marking the third time that an OSU Cowboy has been wrangled in by the law in the last three months. Basketball forward Marcus Dove was suspended indefinitely after he was arrested for a DUI by campus police and reportedly failed a field sobriety test. Blood alcohol content results were not available, and Dove has not been formally charged yet. Within the past three months, Terrel Harris, 19, and Obi Muonelo were also arrested in separate incidents. Basketball Head Coach Sean Sutton said in a statement, "We've made every attempt to handle certain situations internally, but obviously, the message is not getting through to some of our players."
NFL Suspends Jared Allen for Two Games
The Associated Press has detailed that the NFL has confirmed that Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen will be suspended for two games. Allen was arrested twice for DUI. Allen will be suspended for the first two games of the upcoming football season and will not play in games against Houston and Chicago.
Dolphins' Chris Chambers Charged with DUI
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has reported that Miami Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina and charged with DUI, reckless driving and speeding. Chambers was released on $1,750 bond. This is reportedly Chambers' first DUI charge.
Sioux Falls Pitcher Pat Mahomes Takes DUI Plea Deal
A former major league pitcher and current member of the Sioux Falls Canaries baseball team has taken a plea deal to avoid a DUI conviction. In addition to a $250 fine, Pat Mahomes pleaded guilty to reckless driving and received a two-year probation sentence. Mahomes plays for the Sioux Falls Canaries and used to play for the Minnesota Twins. Mahomes was arrested in May and reportedly had a blood alcohol content of .09 percent, which is above the legal limit of .08 in South Dakota. Mahomes had a prior DUI conviction in Minnesota in 1994.
Khalif Barnes Pleads No Contest to DUI Charge; Gets Probation
The Associated Press has reported that Jacksonville Jaguars player Khalif Barnes received six months probation after pleading no contest to DUI charges. Barnes will pay $650 in fines, perform community service and attend drunk driving classes. He will also have a suspended license for six months. Barnes was arrested for speeding and failed a field sobriety test after he was pulled over. His blood alcohol content was reportedly .12, which is above the Florida legal limit of .08. Barnes wrote a letter of apology to the police officer who arrested him, whom he was videotaped calling "a KKK devil." Barnes later said his words were "out of character" for him.
Al Unser, Jr. to Plead No Contest to DUI
Superstar race car driver and two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, Al Unser Jr., will reportedly plead No Contest to DUI charges as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Last January, Unser, Jr. was arrested in Nevada after a car accident. According to police reports, his blood alcohol content was reportedly .22, which is significantly more than twice the legal limit of .08 in Nevada. As part of the plea deal, Unser, Jr. will plead no contest, lose his license for 90 days, and attend alcohol education classes. He will also pay a $1,000 fine.
Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Pleads Not Guilty to DUI Charges
The Associated Press has reported that an attorney has entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, 74. Buss was charged with two misdemeanors for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of an unspecified drug. The Lakers owner was stopped in May after he was spotted driving on the wrong side of the road in Carlsbad, California. He refused to take a blood test, but reportedly failed field sobriety tests at the scene. His attorney, David Manning Chodos, entered the plea.
Steve McNair's DUI for Riding as Drunk Passenger Dropped
Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Steve McNair, who was charged with a DUI for handing over the keys to his car to a relative after he had been drinking, is now off the hook on those DUI charges. McNair was a passenger in his own vehicle when he and his brother-in-law, Jamie Cartwright were stopped and both charged with DUI. After Cartwright's DUI charge was dropped in a plea deal, prosecutors dropped McNair's DUI charge. Roger May, McNair's attorney, said McNair "tried to do the right thing" by handing over keys to Cartwright.
Cops Drop Tank Johnson DUI Charges
Police in Gilbert, Arizona have said they will drop the DUI charges against former Chicago Bears' player Tank Johnson, who was arrested for a DUI recently but whose blood alcohol content was below the Arizona legal limit of .08. The Chicago Bears released Johnson shortly after his arrest. Johnson has said he is "relieved" to be free of the Chicago Bears, for which he played in the Super Bowl last year, and is eager to "move on" and sign with another team.
Former NFL Player Bill Maas Arrested for DUI, Drugs
Former NFL star and Fox Sports Commentator Bill Maas, 45, was arrested in East Peoria, Illinois for felony DUI and weapons charges. Maas was stopped at a roadside checkpoint by Illinois State Police, who reportedly noticed that Maas seemed "nervous" and thus asked to search Maas' car. Police found a loaded revolver, five grams of marijuana, six grams of cocaine and 28 tablets of the drug Ecstasy. Maas' passenger, Sarah Murphy, 27, was also arrested. Both are awaiting a bond hearing.
Tank Johnson under Legal DUI Limit: Tank Not So Tanked After All
Tank Johnson, the Chicago Bears defensive tackle who was released after being arrested for suspicion of a DUI in Arizona, has been vindicated from his arrest. Tank Johnson's blood alcohol content was reportedly .072 percent, which is below Arizona's state limit of .08 percent. No charges will reportedly be filed against Johnson for the DUI incident last month in which he was stopped for speeding and arrested for DUI. The Chicago Bears released Johnson three days after the arrest. It is not known whether Johnson has been charged with speeding.
Super Bowl Winner Dominic Rhodes Gets NFL Suspension for DUI
The Oakland Raiders' new running back, Dominic Rhodes, has been suspended for four games by the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy after being charged in February with a DUI in Indiana. Rhodes' blood alcohol content was reportedly .09 percent, which is above the legal limit of .08 in Indiana. Rhodes took a plea deal and was convicted of reckless driving. Rhodes recently signed with the Oakland Raiders after helping the Indianapolis Colts win the Super Bowl last year. In 2002, Rhodes was charged with domestic battery. If he has any more legal run-ins, he could face a one year suspension from the NFL.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Torrie Cox Suspended for Four Games
Even though he was not arrested for a recent DUI like so many of his colleagues, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Torrie Cox has been suspended for the first four football games in the upcoming season for reportedly failing a drug test and violating the NFL Substance Abuse Policy. The policy prohibits illegal drugs and illegal performance-enhancing drugs. For some players, a no-alcohol provision is put into place, and testing positive for alcohol could also result in a violation. Cox was arrested in 2004 and 2005 for DUI. Cox will be able to play again October 1.
NFL's Tank Johnson Fired from Chicago Bears Over Arizona DUI
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson was released from the Chicago Bears after he was arrested in Arizona for a DUI. The latest DUI arrest may violate Johnson's probation for a weapons conviction for which he spent two months in jail. Johnson could face jail time again, if convicted. Just days before his arrest, Johnson had reportedly promised Bears and NFL officials that he would clean up his act.
Tank Johnson Arrested and Released for DUI; No Charges Made
Police in Gilbert, Arizona arrested NFL bad boy and Chicago Bears lineman Tank Johnson for speeding and DUI recently, but Johnson was released without being booked or charged. According to police reports, Johnson was stopped for driving 40 mph in a 25 mph zone and given a field sobriety test and a blood test. He was released without being charged. Police said Johnson, who was suspended from eight NFL games for violating the league's personal conduct policy for a weapons bust, was cooperative.
Former NBA Star Vin Baker Charged With DUI
The Associated Press has reported that former NBA all-star Vin Baker was charged with DUI after leaving a Connecticut casino. According to Connecticut State Police, Baker was cooperative and was released on $500 bond. A court date has been set for June 26. Baker was cut from the Boston Celtics in 2004, reportedly because of issues with his drinking.
Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Charged with Two Counts of Misdemeanor DUI
The Associated Press has reported that L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor DUI following his DUI arrest last month. The 74-year-old Buss was stopped for driving the wrong way on a street in Carlsbad, California and reportedly found to have a blood alcohol content level above the state's legal limit of .08. Charges from the District Attorney's office also alleged that Buss was under the influence of an unnamed drug.
University of Nebraska Receiver Arrested for DUI
Maurice Purify, a wide receiver for the University of Nebraska, has been arrested for a DUI, according to police. The arrest is Purify's second run-in with the law in just eight weeks. In early May, he was involved in a bar scuffle and ticketed for assault, trespassing, and resisting arrest. Hours after being arrest for DUI, Purify was suspended from the team.
Jacksonville Jaguar Rookies Get DUI Class
The new players recruited by the Jacksonville Jaguars will all be taking a DUI and Speeding class on June 12 as part of a "rookie club" seminar to help new players transition to the NFL. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio and manager of player relations, Bahati Van Pelt, established the rookie club in 2003 but have recently added the Speeding / DUI classes to address rookie legal issues that have been running rampant in the NFL. Rookie classes also include information about the football lifestyle, financial planning, and how to handle friends and family who ask for money. Del Rio said, "It doesn't mean that guys are going to do the right things. But I think they're getting good sound advice that gives them a better chance at doing it the right way."
Tony LaRussa DUI Hearing Postponed Until August
The DUI case against Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa has been postponed until August 31. LaRussa was charged with DUI after police found him unconscious in his car last March at an intersection in Jupiter, Florida, near the team's spring training complex. LaRussa's blood alcohol content was reportedly .093, which is above Florida's legal limit of .08. LaRussa's attorney has waived his arraignment and requested the case go to trial.
Pennsylvania State Fullback Dan Lawlor Charged with DUI
The DUI trial date for Pennsylvania State Fullback Dan Lawyer has been set for October 1. The football star was arrested for DUI in late April after police officers stopped him for making an illegal turn. Lawlor's blood alcohol content (BAC) was reportedly .12, which is above the Pennsylvania state legal limit of .08.
NFL Suspends Tank Johnson for Eight Games after Legal Woes
Chicago Bears footballer Tank Johnson has been suspended by the NFL for eight games after the NFL found that he violated provisions of the league's personal conduct policies. Johnson was arrested on weapons charges last year, then made headlines when his bodyguard was shot to death at a Chicago-area nightclub. In 2006, Johnson was charged with assault and resisting arrest, but charges were dropped. Johnson's NFL suspension will be reviewed in October and possibly reduced to six games, if Johnson has no further legal run-ins.
Baltimore Ravens' Steve McNair DUI Case Postponed
Former Tennessee Titan and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair, the man who was charged with a DUI while riding in the passenger seat while his brother-in-law drove his car, has had his DUI case postponed until July 10. Media reports had stated previously that the Davidson County District Attorney's office would likely dismiss the case; however, the D.A. office has announced they plan to move forward with the case, and that it would be continued until July. McNair had issued a statement saying that he was trying to "act responsibly" when he gave the keys of his car to his brother-in-law, Jamie Cartwright. Cartwright reportedly failed a field sobriety test and was also charged with DUI after the pair was pulled over outside Nashville, Tennessee.
Lakers' Owner Jerry Buss Charged with DUI
Jerry Buss, 74 years old and owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, was arrested for investigation of DUI. Buss was reportedly driving his vehicle the wrong way on a street in unincorporated Carlsbad, California, according to California Highway Police. Buss has called the arrest "a mistake I will not make again." Blood alcohol results were not yet available.
Jared Allen Talks About DUI
Kansas City Chiefs player Jared Allen, 15 pounds thinner and reportedly sober for eight months since his DUI, has spoken out about his DUI. "For me, it was all about deciding to do something in life. My hand was forced, sure. It is what it is. This is how I live now," he said, referring to his sobriety. Allen also claimed that he is more focused now. Allen is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
University of Illinois Basketball Guard Jamar Smith Pleads Guilty to DUI
Jamar Smith, sophomore basketball player for the University of Illinois, pleaded Guilty to aggravated DUI as part of a plea agreement. According to the Champaign, Illinois County State's Attorney Julia Rietz, Smith will serve 24 months of probation and 15 days in the Champaign County Jail. Rietz said, "Smith will receive no good time credit on his jail time because of the severity of the injuries to his teammate, Brian Carlwell," she said. Smith will also serve 100 hours of public service, 75 hours of substance abuse classes, and $1,000 in fines and court costs. Smith was charged with DUI in February after his car struck a tree. Carlwell suffered a severe concussion.
San Jose Sharks' Mark Bell May Face Prison on DUI Charge
The Santa Clara District Attorneys' office has announced that it believes that San Jose Sharks left wing player Mark Bell fled the scene of an accident after he drove into a pickup truck. Santa Clara, California police arrested Bell less than a mile from the scene of the accident with a blood alcohol content that was almost twice the legal limit of .08 in California. Bell could face up to four years in prison if charged with a felony hit and run.
Baltimore Ravens QB Steve McNair Says He'll Focus on Performance, Not DUI
Steve McNair, quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, has said that his recent DUI arrest will not affect his performance on the football field. McNair told a Baltimore television news station that his DUI was "unfortunate, but things happen." McNair was arrested in Tennessee and charged with a DUI, even though his brother-in-law was driving the car and McNair was in the passenger's seat when stopped by police. Tennessee law allows a driver to be charged with a DUI if the person driving the car is legally drunk. McNair is scheduled to appear in court on May 30 in Tennessee.
Baltimore Ravens' BJ Sams Acquitted of DUI and Negligent Driving
Baltimore Ravens player BJ Sams took a DUI plea deal and was acquitted of DUI and Negligent Driving in a Baltimore, Maryland County District Court, but was found Guilty of a lane violation and fine $90. Sams was not offered a breathalyzer test, nor was he given a field sobriety test when he was arrested in October of last year. If Sams had been convicted, he may have been found in violation of his probation for a prior DUI charge.
Antonio Bryant Skates on DUI Charge with Plea Deal
The Associated Press has reported that former San Francisco 49ers star Antonio Bryant has pleaded no contest to lesser charges of reckless driving instead of DUI and was sentenced to one year of probation. Bryant was not charged with resisting arrest as part of the plea deal, according to a San Mateo County spokesperson. Bryant was fired from the San Francisco 49ers after just one season, even though he had signed a four year contract. Bryant refused to take a sobriety test when he was stopped by police.
Ravens' QB Steve McNair Gets DUI for "Riding Under the Influence" as a Passenger
Steve McNair, quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens was arrested for misdemeanor DUI even though he was riding in his car as a passenger. McNair was arrested by police in Nashville, Tennessee for allowing his brother-in-law, Jamie Cartwright, to drive his pickup truck while Cartwright was reportedly drunk, according to Tennessee state police. McNair was charged under a Tennessee ordinance that allows vehicle owners to be charged with a DUI if the driver of the vehicle gets a DUI. The pair was pulled over for speeding when an officer detected the odor of alcohol on Cartwright. Cartwright refused to take a breathalyzer test. McNair received a DUI in 2003, when he was actually the driver of the car and had been drinking.
Steve Foley Pleads Guilty to DUI
Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley pleaded guilty to DUI and has been sentenced to five years probation. Foley accepted a plea deal stemming from an incident last September with an off-duty police officer who shot him three times in his driveway. Foley's companion at the time, Lisa Gaut, was tried by a jury recently and found guilty of drunken driving and felony assault against the officer. Foley was fired from the Chargers last March.
Steve Foley's DUI Companion Lisa Gaut Convicted of DUI, Assault
A San Diego, California jury that deliberated for four days decided to convict Lisa Maree Gaut of DUI and Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Gaut accompanied San Diego Chargers' Steve Foley on the night he was dramatically shot by a police officer and arrested for DUI. The jury stopped short of convicting Gaut of assaulting a peace officer with a deadly weapon. The officer was wearing plain clothes at the time of the arrest, and he was reportedly off-duty when he followed Foley to his home and a confrontation ensued with both Foley and Gaut. Gaut will be sentenced on June 22 and could face up to five years in prison. Foley will face trial May 7.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Jerramy Stevens Despite DUI Woes
The Tampa Bay, Florida Buccaneers hired tight end Jerramy Stevens in a free agent deal, despite prior DUI and marijuana possession charges. Stevens was dropped from the Seattle Seahawks recently, after playing for them for five years, leading to rumors that Stevens' off-the-field legal wranglings may have impacted his playing abilities. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The NFL has been cracking down on player conduct, suspending several players last season for violating NFL substance abuse and personal conduct policies.
Illini Basketball Star Rich McBride Sentenced for DUI
The Associated Press has reported that former University of Illinois basketball player Rich McBride was sentenced to 250 hours of community service, a $1,000 fine, and two years of random alcohol tests. McBride, by court order, may not drink for at least two years. McBride told Illinois Judge Richard Klaus that he has not had a drink since his September arrest and has undergone extensive counseling. His blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest was more than twice the legal limit.
Former Nevada Wolf Pack Star Kevinn Pinkney Booked for DUI
The Reno Gazette-Journal has reported that former Nevada Wolf Pack basketball star Kevinn Pinkney, 23, was arrested for DUI after weaving in and out of traffic and failing sobriety tests. Pinkney played for the Boston Celtics on a 10-day contract this year.
Kansas City Chiefs' Jared Allen Suspended for DUI
The NFL has reportedly suspended Kansas City Chiefs' defensive end Jared Allen, 25, for violating the NFL substance abuse policy, according to a Kansas City newspaper. Allen has been charged with DUI twice and entered a DUI diversion program. The NFL has not officially announced the suspension.
Northwestern's Trevor Rees Suspended for DUI Charge
The Chicago Tribune has reported that Northwestern Wildcats center Trevor Rees has been suspended indefinitely from playing football after he was arrested in Wilmette, Illinois for DUI, speeding, and improper lane usage. Rees reportedly failed a field sobriety test and declined to take a breathalyzer test. He was released on $3,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court May 21.
Jury Still Out for Lisa Gaut's DUI Trial
Steve Foley's Companion on the Night He Was Shot and Charged with DUI Awaits Jury Verdict of Her Own for DUI and Assault Jurors in San Diego are beginning a third day of deliberations in the trial of Lisa Gaut, the woman who was with Chargers linebacker Steve Foley the night he was shot and arrested on DUI charges. Gaut is also facing DUI charges in addition to assault charges. Prosecutors allege that Gaut tried to run over a police officer with a vehicle outside of Foley's home. Gaut testified that she was only trying to help Foley after he was shot, and had been blinded by headlights from the officer's car.
Indy 500's Al Unser, Jr. Pleads Not Guilty to DUI Charges
The Associated Press has reported that a lawyer for race car driver and Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser, Jr. has entered a not guilty plea for Unser, who was charged in January with a DUI, misdemeanor hit and run, and failure to report an accident after he crashed his car on the Las Vegas Beltway. A trial date has been set for July 11.
Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa Waives DUI Hearing
Tony La Russa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, has waived his arraignment and requested that his DUI case to trial. No trial date has been set. La Russa was arrested in March after police reportedly found him unconscious in his vehicle at an intersection in Jupiter, Florida. La Russa's blood alcohol content was reportedly .093, which is above Florida's legal limit of .08.
Rumors Swirling that Eric Musselman Might Get the Axe for DUI
The sports media has been heatedly discussing whether Eric Musselman, coach of the Sacramento Kings, will be fired soon, possibly costing the team nearly $5 million. Musselman reportedly signed a three year deal with the Kings but was charged with a DUI after a preseason game, before his first season with the team began. Sports critics have been speculating that Musselman will soon be released from his position.
NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon Could Face DUI Despite Legal Blood Alcohol Content
Police have said that former Seattle Seahawks quarterback and NFL Hall of Fame star Warren Moon could still face DUI charges even though his blood alcohol content tested below the legal limit. According to news reports in Seattle, prosecutors are still considering charges against Moon even though two breathalyzer tests registered .067 and .068 when Moon was stopped in Kirkland, Washington. Moon's attorney confirmed that two breathalyzer tests were taken and both were under the legal limit of .08 in the state of Washington.
Former Broncos Player John Mobley's DUI Appeal Fails
Jail Time Sentence Will Stand The Supreme Court in Colorado has decided that it will not hear an appeal from former Denver Broncos linebacker John Mobley, regarding a 2004 conviction of drunken driving that included a seven-day jail sentence. Mobley had contended that he was the victim of racial profiling and that he had failed a sobriety test because he had a concussion and other football injuries. Mobley was released by the Broncos the same year.
London Knights Coach Dale Hunter Cleared of DUI Charges
Dale Hunter, coach of the London, Ontario Knights, was cleared of DUI charges. Justice Deborah Livingstone said Hunter's "Charter of Rights and Freedoms," were breached. Livingstone ruled that Canadian law was broken when Hunter was reportedly detained unlawfully in a parking lot and unable to contact an attorney after he was arrested in 2006 by a police officer who was investigating burglaries in the area.
James Posey to Meet with NBA Officials about His DUI
Miami Heat forward James Posey will meet with NBA security officials at NBA headquarters in New York to discuss his arrest on drunken driving charges. The NBA reportedly summoned him to talk about the details of his arrest, according to Miami Heat Coach Pat Riley. Posey was arrested in Miami Beach after he stopped his car in the middle of a traffic lane and began talking to pedestrians and other drivers. A spokesperson for the NBA said that the league's policy is to make player decisions after a legal decision has been made.
Boxing Champ Mike Tyson's DUI Trial Set for August
Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson's DUI trial date has been set for August 18. Tyson, who has spent the past month in rehab, could face up to seven years in prison for cocaine possession charges. Tyson was charged in Arizona last December with felony drug possession after reportedly almost crashing into a police vehicle.
NFL Commissioner Suspends Pacman Jones and Chris Henry
NFL Chief Roger Goodell has suspended Tennessee Titans' Adam "Pacman" Jones for the entire NFL season, and Cincinnati Bengals' Chris Henry for eight games. Both players had more than one violation last year of the NFL's personal conduct policy and were sanctioned for "engaging in conduct detrimental to the league." Both players will be suspended without pay. The suspensions are part of the NFL's reported boost in enforcement of personal conduct policies.
Sports Agent Leigh Steinberg Arrest in California for Drunk Driving
NFL sports stars aren't the only ones being charged with DUIs-their agents get to share in the limelight, too. NFL sport agent Leigh Steinberg, 58, who was rumored to be the inspiration for the movie "Jerry Maguire," was arrested in Newport Beach, California on suspicion of DUI, after he crashed into three parked cars and knocked over a fire hydrant. Steinberg was driving on Pacific Coast Highway, the same highway on which many stars are arrested for DUI, when he reportedly swerved into the parked cars and flew onto the curb, according to police reports. Police said Steinberg provided a blood sample but did not comment on the results. Steinberg was released shortly after his arrest.
Miami Heat's James Posey Arrested for DUI
Miami Heat forward James Posey was arrested for DUI after a police officer saw him stop his vehicle in the middle of a two-lane road in Miami Beach, FL and begin talking to pedestrians and occupants of other cars. According to the police report, Posey was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and smelled of alcohol. He was taken to Miami Dade Jail and was held on $1,000 bond and released.
NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon Arrested for DUI
Professional football Hall of Famer Warren Moon has reportedly been arrested for drunken driving in Kirkland, WA. The former Huskies and Seahawks quarterback was stopped by a state trooper for speeding and subsequently arrested for DUI. Moon will appear in district court and will likely face DUI charges. Moon's blood alcohol content, if taken, was not released.
Illini Rich McBride Publishes Letter of Apology for DUI
University of Illinois senior guard Rich McBride, who was arrested last September for a DUI, has written a letter of apology to the student newspaper, The Daily Illini. McBride, who is graduating soon, said, "I made a very poor decision last fall and this being my senior year I should have been a leader and shown better judgment.I am terribly sorry for the negative light I brought to the university." McBride was suspended for two exhibition games and the first four games of the season but has remained a key player on the team.
DUI Hearing Postponed for Yankees' Steve Swindal
Yankees Honcho Gets DUI and Divorce Papers within 24 Hours - Hearing Reset for May
The DUI hearing for Yankees executive Steve Swindal has been postponed for another month, according to a Pinellas, FL court spokesperson. Swindal, who was set to lead the Yankees after his father-in-law George Steinbrenner retired, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DUI in mid-February, just one day after his wife, Jennifer Steinbrenner, filed for divorce. Swindal was reportedly driving 61 in a 35 mph zone and weaving out of his lane. Swindal has pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. His hearing has been rescheduled for May 10. As for inheriting the Yankee empire, Swindal's future is no longer certain. When leaving a recent game and asked about Swindal, George Steinbrenner told reporters, "I'm the boss."
Kansas City Chiefs' Jared Allen Won't Attend Off-season Workouts; DUIs to Blame
Jared Allen, defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs, will not attend the team's mandatory off-season workouts and will not sign a contract with the Chiefs until the eve of training camp, according to recent media reports. Allen's double-DUI legal woes are reportedly the cause of the Chiefs' concerns about the player and his contract. Allen was arrested for a second DUI in September of last year.
NHL Sharks' Mark Bell May Face Felony DUI Hit and Run Charges
The Santa Clara, CA District Attorneys' office has reportedly intensified its investigation into the alleged DUI crash involving San Jose Sharks left wing player Mark Bell. Though Bell pleaded Not Guilty to DUI charges, the San Jose Mercury News has reported that the Santa Clara District Attorneys' office wants to push back Bell's April 11 court date to continue its investigation into the September incident in which Bell was charged with a DUI. The D.A.'s office reportedly believes that Bell drove into a pickup truck and fled the scene of an accident before police arrived. Police arrested Bell less than one mile from the scene and said his blood alcohol content was almost twice the legal limit of .08 in California. If charges are bumped up to a felony hit-and-run, Bell could face up nearly four years in prison.
Idaho Steelheads' Darrell Hay Arrested for DUI
Darrell Hay, 26, captain of the Idaho Steelheads, was arrested for DUI and booked in the Ada County Jail in Idaho. The Steelheads have no arrest policy, according to a spokesperson, but Hay will be suspended for one game, according to Coach Derek Laxdal.
Dominic Rhodes' DUI Sentence Suspended
Former running back for the Indianapolis Colts, Dominic Rhodes, has received a suspended sentence after he entered a plea deal in a Marion Superior Court for a February DUI arrest. Rhodes pleaded Guilty to reckless driving after prosecutors agreed to dismiss two drunken driving charges against him. Rhodes received a suspended sentence of 180 days in jail and a fine of $1,000. Rhodes was dropped from the Colts and has since signed a two-year deal with the Oakland Raiders.
Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa Arrested for DUI
Tony LaRussa Manager of World Series champions, the Saint Louis Cardinals, was arrested for drunk driving in Jupiter, FL, not far from the teams spring training facility. According to police reports, LaRussa, 62, was found slumped over the wheel of his SUV at a traffic intersection. LaRussa was awakened by an officer and reportedly admitted he'd been drinking. LaRussa reportedly failed roadside sobriety tests, according to TMZ.com, including not saying the alphabet correctly. His breathalyzer test showed a blood alcohol content of .09, which above the Florida legal limit of .08. LaRussa was released on $500 bond.
Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher Gustavo Chacin Arrested for DUI
Toronto Blue Jays' Starting Pitcher Gustavo Chacin was arrested in Tampa, FL for driving under the influence. According to Tampa police reports, Chacin's blood alcohol content was .15, which is almost double the .08 state legal limit in Florida.
Arizona Guard Daniel Dillon Suspended After DUI
The Associated Press has reported that Arizona Wildcats reserve guard Daniel Dillon was suspended from after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. Dillon apologized to the community in a statement released by the athletic department, saying he accepted the decision regarding his suspension, and that he looks forward to supporting the team in any way he can.
Seahawks' Former Tight End Jerramy Stevens Arrested for DUI
Former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens was arrested and cited for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana in Scottsdale, AZ. Police stopped Stevens after he made a U-turn, then an illegal right turn. He reportedly admitted to police that he'd had "Four or five margaritas," according to the police report. Stevens could face a possible suspension from the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse and personal conduct policies if he signs with another team. This is not Stevens' first legal run-in-in 2003, he was charged with drunken driving and spent seven days in jail for violating probation from a 2001 hit and run incident.
Court Date for Titans' Pacman Jones Delayed
Attorneys for Adam "Pacman" Jones of the Tennessee Titans will have more time to advise the NFL player on whether to accept a potential plea agreement on February 2006 felony charges. A judge has agreed to delay the cornerback's court appearance. Jones was arrested last year for obstruction of police in a case that claims he bit a police officer.
Dominic Rhodes Signs with Oakland Raiders after DUI
Indianapolis Colts' Super Bowl star Dominic Rhodes has signed a two-year deal with the Oakland Raiders after becoming an unrestricted free agent. Rhodes has yet to face an outcome on his DUI charge in Indiana. In February, he was stopped for speeding on an Indianapolis highway and charged with DUI.
Rams' Tight End Dominique Byrd Arrested for Suspicion of DUI
St. Louis Rams tight end Dominique Byrd was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Byrd was arrested on Highway 101, according to the California Highway Patrol. The Los Angeles city attorney's office will reportedly file DUI charges against him soon. Byrd was a third-round draft choice by the Rams in 2006.
The reported DUI is not his first run-in with the law-he is currently facing assault and armed criminal action charges stemming from a December nightclub incident in St. Louis, MO. Byrd pleaded 'Not Guilty' and is scheduled for trial on those charges in July.
Race Car Driver A.J. Foyt's DUI Hearing Scheduled
Race car driver A.J. Foyt IV, 22, a member of the famous Foyt race car driving family, has been scheduled for an April 9 DUI hearing. Foyt was arrested for DUI in December after being stopped by Mecklenburg County police in North Carolina for reportedly not stopping at a traffic light. Foyt's grandfather, A.J. Foyt, Jr., is a four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. Foyt IV will continue to drive for Vision Racing pending the outcome of his DUI hearing.
Eric Musselman Skips Out on DUI Community Service
Kings' coach Eric Musselman skipped out on performing the community service portion of his DUI sentence, apparently claiming that health problems prevented it, according to reports by the Sacramento Bee. Musselman instead served two days of home detention, wearing an ankle monitor. The Sheriff's department would not cite the reasons for the home confinement. Musselman was arrested in October for a DUI. California Highway Patrol reports said that Musselman's blood alcohol content was .11 percent, which is above the California legal limit of .08.
Antonio Bryant Gets the Axe: DUI May Have Contributed
The San Francisco 49ers have released wide receiver Antonio Bryant, who has been suspended for four games and may face jail time for a November DUI case that resulted in reckless driving plea deal for Bryant. 49ers coach Mike Nolan reportedly said that because of Bryant's legal issues, he couldn't "depend" on Bryant.
Get Arrested, Get Fired: Chargers Drop Terence Kiel and Steve Foley
The San Diego Chargers released linebacker Steve Foley and safety Terence Kiel, both of whom have had run-ins with the law this season. Foley missed last season after he was shot by a police officer who suspected him of driving drunk. His blood alcohol content on was reportedly .23. Kiel pleaded guilty to drug charges after he was arrested by the DEA for shipping codeine-based cough syrup to his home town in Texas. He was also charged with urinating outside a nightclub last December.
Indy Colt's Running Back Dominic Rhodes Goes to Court for DUI
Dominic Rhodes, 28, running back for Super Bowl winning team, Indianapolis Colts, can keep his driver's license until future DUI hearings, according to a Marion, IN Superior Court Judge. Judge Barbara Collins denied Rhodes' motion to dismiss police affidavits on charges by Rhodes' attorney that there were inconsistencies between the report filed soon after the DUI arrest and a supplemental report filed later. Rhodes is charged with misdemeanor drunken driving after a state trooper stopped him for speeding outside Indianapolis, IN. Police content that Rhodes' blood alcohol content was .09, which is over the state limit in Indiana of .08.
Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis on Odell Thurman: Help First
Cincinnati Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis told reporters recently that Odell Thurman's DUI arrest takes priority over football. "We're trying to help a young man. We hope to fix his life," said Lewis, "We don't want Odell to fix himself in football.he needs to get the help he needs for the rest of his life. Football may be a part of it. It may not be a part of it." Lewis also vowed that he will not draft players who have existing legal issues this year.
Kansas City Chiefs' Jared Allen to Team: Trade Me
After recently serving two days of jail time for a second DUI, Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen reportedly asked to be traded. Allen told the Kansas City Star that he was "shocked and hurt" when the team refused his request after long term contract negotiations reportedly began falling apart. Allen may face an NFL suspension next for his September DUI charge which ended in a January conviction.
Hearing Date Set for San Diego Chargers' Steve Foley DUI Shooting
San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley will return to court on March 16 for a hearing on whether his attorneys can view the personnel records of a Coronado police officer who shot him during a DUI arrest last September. Foley's attorneys need a court order to view the employment files of police officer Aaron Mansker, who followed Foley to his home after he reportedly witnessed Foley of driving erratically, then reportedly shot Foley in the hip and leg after he refused to follow orders. Foley is scheduled to appear in court May 7 for a trial on two misdemeanor DUI charges stemming from the incident.
George Steinbrenner Son-in-Law Steve Swindal Apologizes for DUI
New York Yankees general partner Steve Swindal apologized for a DUI arrest. "I promise to do better and put this behind me," said the man whom George Steinbrenner had pegged two years ago to succeed him as principal owner of the team. Swindal is Steinbrenner's son-in-law. Swindal did not comment on whether the recent DUI would affect Steinbrenner's decision. According to media reports, the 52 year old was stopped by St. Petersburg, FL police for speeding and charged with a DUI after he reportedly almost hit a police car. Swindal will appear in court March 15.
Odell Thurman Takes Plea Deal in DUI Case
Odell Thurman, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker, accepted a plea deal in a Hamilton County Municipal Court. Thurman entered a plea of 'No Contest' to operating a vehicle while intoxicated, in exchange for dismissal of a related DUI charge as well as a charge of driving on the wrong side of the road in September of last year. Thurman will pay a $250 fine, have his drivers license suspended one year, attend an alcohol treatment program and get a delayed sentence of 90 days in jail. If Thurman continues treatment, follows court orders, and has no additional offenses, he could possibly get a reduced jail sentence when he returns to court in June. This was Thurman's third violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Colts' Running Back Dominic Rhodes Charged with DUI
Chicago Tribune news services has reported that Colts running back Dominic Rhodes was arrested and charged with a DUI after he was stopped by Indiana state police for speeding. Colts President Bill Polian said the team was "troubled" by Rhodes' arrest. A hearing date was not reported.
Kansas City Chiefs' Jared Allen Gets Two Days in the Slammer for DUI Conviction
According to news reports by the Kansas City Star, Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen has been sentenced by a Leawood Municipal Court to two days in jail for driving under the influence of alcohol. Allen will reportedly serve two days at the Johnson County Jail, two days in a lockdown treatment program, and one day of house arrest. Allen was charged with a DUI in September of last year and found guilty in January. This is his second DUI.
Missouri Basketball Coach Mike Anderson's Son Charged With DUI
Michael Anderson, Jr., a junior reserve guard and the son of Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson, was arrested for a DUI and suspended indefinitely from the Tigers basketball team. Anderson, Jr. will not practice with the team as part of the suspension, and further disciplinary action will be "handled internally," according to Coach Anderson.
Joe Cullen of Detroit Lions Sentenced for Driving Naked and Driving Drunk
According to the Associated Press, Joe Cullen, the Detroit Lions assistant coach who was arrested last August for driving naked and then arrested for driving drunk a week later, will escape jail time for his offenses and was sentenced to two years probation and two AA meetings per week. Cullen pleaded No Contest last month to charges of disorderly conduct and Guilty to impaired driving. He was ordered to attend a February 21 meeting of people who have been affected by drunken drivers and will pay $1,600 in fines. Cullen's blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest was reportedly .12, which is above the .08 legal limit in Michigan.
Virginia Tech's Josh Hyman Found Guilty of DUI
Josh Hyman, a 23-year old Virginia Tech wide receiver, was found guilty of drunken driving by a Montgomery County General District Court in Virginia. Hyman received a suspended jail sentence, a $250 fine, and a one-year driver's license restriction. According to media reports, Hyman's attorney, Jimmy Turk, has already filed an appeal. Hyman has no prior history of DUI arrests.
Antonio Bryant to Appear in Court for Pretrial DUI Hearing
Antonio Bryant, a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, is scheduled to appear in a San Mateo Superior court for a pre-trial hearing on charges of resisting arrest, reckless driving, and driving under the influence. Bryant has pleaded Not Guilty to the charges against him stemming from a November incident in which Bryant was pulled over by San Mateo police for reportedly driving more than 120 mph. Bryant reportedly refused to submit to a field sobriety test and a chemical blood alcohol tests. Bryant's trial is scheduled for March 5.
NFL Chief Expresses DUI Concerns to Bengals President
According to the Associated Press, NFL Boss Roger Goodell spoke to Cincinnati Bengals President Mike Brown after NFL Players Association leaders expressed concerns about off-field player misconduct. The Cincinnati Bengals have had nine players arrested in the past thirteen months. The Ohio team now offers a 24-hour hotline for players to call if they have been drinking alcohol and are in danger of getting a DUI. "We have talked to Mike on several occasions," Goodell said during his first state-of-the-league news conference, "We have offered services, and [Brown] has taken those services."
Bengals May Release O'Neal after DUI Charges
According to ESPN's Len Pasquarelli, the Cincinnati Bengals may release cornerback Deltha O'Neal in the off-season. Pasquarelli reported that O'Neal's play is 'declining' and he was arrested in December for a DUI. The Cincinnati Bengals have had nine players arrested in the past 13 months.
University of Kansas Apologizes for 'DUI' Chant
University of Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins reportedly apologized to Kansas State's Tim Weiser for fans who chanted "DUI, DUI, DUI" at Kansas State Wildcats basketball coach Bob Huggins during a recent game. Huggins had a 2004 DUI conviction in Ohio. Fans also held up copies of the student newspaper, the University Daily Kansan, which had a fold-out cartoon showing Huggins behind bars with the caption, "Hugs and Thugs." "The student newspaper centerfold was embarrassing to the university and athletic department as well as the newspaper itself," Kansas associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said, after stating that the student chants were inappropriate.
NBA Suspends Kings Coach Eric Musselman for DUI
The NBA has suspended Sacramento Kings' coach Eric Musselman two games without pay for a DUI arrest, to which he recently pled "No Contest" in a Sacramento County Superior Court. Musselman was arrested in October after he reportedly failed a field sobriety test and had a blood alcohol level of .11, which is above the legal limit of .08 in California. In a recent statement, Musselman said, "I made a mistake and take full responsibility. Hopefully, this will provide closure on the matter."
Titans' Cortland Finnegan Takes DUI Plea Deal
Tennessee Titans' cornerback Cortland Finnegan accepted a DUI plea deal in a Nashville, TN courtroom. In exchange for pleading Guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving instead of DUI, Finnegan will receive a six-month suspended sentence and probation, in addition to 20 hours of community service. Finnegan was charged with a DUI in June, 2006 and had his license restricted for refusing to take a breathalyzer test after police stopped him.
Deltha O'Neal's DUI Case Postponed
Cincinnati cornerback Deltha O'Neal's DUI hearing in a Clermont County, OH courthouse has been postponed until March 9, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. O'Neal's defense attorney was able to get a postponement granted to gain more time to look into the facts of the case. O'Neal was arrested at a DUI checkpoint in December. The Clermont County prosecutor's office has indicated a willingness to offer a plea deal to O'Neal.
WCU's Kyle Greathouse Pleads No Contest to DUI
Kyle Greathouse, a senior point guard for Western Carolina University's basketball team, pleaded No Contest to DUI charges in a Jackson County courtroom. Greathouse was charged with driving under the influence after a car crash in which he was injured. According to police reports, his blood alcohol content was .15, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08. Greathouse was sentenced to 48 hours of community service and received a suspended sentence of 120 days in jail.
Bengals' Deltha O'Neal May Be Offered Plea Deal
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Deltha O'Neal, 30, might be able to negotiate a plea bargain on a drunken-driving charge in Clermont County, OH, according to Don White, Clermont County prosecutor. White has said that a reduced charge of reckless operation of a car might be considered if O'Neal agreed to enter the NFL's substance abuse program. O'Neal's attorney, Edward C. Perry, also represented Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry, who recently avoided an NFL suspension for DUI by pleading guilty to a lesser charge. O'Neal was stopped at a DUI checkpoint and was found to have a blood alcohol content of .10, according to police. The legal limit in Ohio is 08.
West Virginia University's Adam Bednarik Charged with DUI
West Virginia University football player and former Bethlehem Catholic star quarterback Adam Bednarik, 21, was arrested on a DUI charge after a minor accident in Morgantown, WV. Bednarik's vehicle allegedly struck another vehicle on a city street, after which Bednarik was found to have a blood alcohol level of .198, according to police reports. The legal limit in West Virginia is .08. There were no injuries.
Mike Tyson Enters Rehab after Drug, DUI Arrests
Boxing champion Mike Tyson has checked into an exclusive alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility after being charged in Arizona last December with felony drug possession. Tyson had reportedly almost crashed into a police vehicle shortly after he left a nightclub. He is allegedly being treated for addiction at the Wonderland Center in Hollywood Hills, where actress Lindsay Lohan is reportedly being treated as well.
BSU Football Player Tristan Patin Arrested for DUI
Boise State football player Tristan Patin, 19, was arrested for driving under the influence and booked into the Ada County Jail, according to reports published in the Idaho Statesman. Patin was charged with misdemeanor DUI and transporting an open container, also a misdemeanor. Patin was reportedly stopped by police for driving south on a one-way north-bound street. His blood alcohol, according to police reports, was allegedly measured at more than twice the Idaho legal limit of .08. For drivers under the age of 21, the legal drinking age in Idaho, the legal limit is .02. Patin's hearing is scheduled for February 20.
Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis Cracks Down on Players to Stop Arrests
Marvin Lewis, coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, has reportedly attempted to stop the dramatic series of player arrests by flashing police mug shots of NFL players who have been arrested and bringing in police to teach a "DUI 101" class to the players. Most of the players arrested were team rookies. Johnathan Joseph was the ninth player to be arrested, while other rookies Odell Thurman, Frostee Rucker, A.J. Nicholson, and Reggie McNeil have been arrested for everything from DUI to domestic violence. After the team's ninth arrest, Jay Leno remarked on his Tonight Show monologue, "Know what the Cincinnati Bengals call sign on bonuses? Bail money." While the Bengals have the largest number of player arrests of any NFL team, a total of 35 NFL players were arrested in 2006 for a wide variety of offenses.
Eric Musselman Pleads No Contest to DUI
Eric Musselman, the coach for the Sacramento Kings, entered a plea deal for his October DUI arrest. Musselman was sentenced to probation for three years, $580 in fines, and 48 hours of community service. Musselman reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .11 when he was arrested in Sacramento. The legal limit in California is .08.
Indy 500 Winner Al Unser, Jr. Charged with DUI
Al Unser, Jr., 44, two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, has reportedly been charged with a DUI after he left the scene of an accident in Las Vegas, NV. According to the Associated Press, the race car driver was spotted sideswiping another car and then reportedly failed sobriety tests after he was stopped by police. Neither Unser nor the driver of the other car were injured. Unser faces charges of driving under the influence, misdemeanor hit and run, failure to render aid in an accident and failure to report an accident. Unser allegedly underwent treatment for alcohol abuse in 2002.
Website Gives Odds on Future DUI for David Beckham
Intertops.com, a Caribbean-based sports gambling site, has posted 10 to 1 odds that the former soccer star will get a DUI after he moves to the United States. Beckham is married to former Spice Girl "Posh Spice" (Victoria Beckham), now a clothing designer, and the couple will be moving to the U.S. after David signed a multi-million dollar soccer deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Interops.com has also issues odds (10,000 to 1) that Beckham with divorce "Posh" to marry Paris Hilton in 2007. Hilton recently accepted a plea deal with three years probation for a DUI last September.
ASU Sun Devils Hot Prospect, 18, Gets Second DUI
A hot prospect for the Arizona State Sun Devils was caught in a DUI sweep in Arizona. Dax Crum, 18, who reportedly impressed the ASU scout team so much that he was rumored to be a potential starter, was arrested in a second DUI on highway 101. Crum spent 14 days in jail last summer for driving his father's car through a wall of a house while intoxicated. The legal drinking age in Arizona is 21.
Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson Gets DUI in Atlanta
Glenn Robinson, 34, formerly of the Milwaukee Bucks and known as "Big Dog" was arrested in Atlanta on drunken driving charges. According to United Press International, the NBA star was stopped by police after his car was spotted weaving in traffic. Robinson admitted he'd had several drinks and had a blood alcohol level of .11, which is above the Georgia limit of .08, according to police reports.
Tampa Bay Lightning President Gets DUI
Ron Campbell, president of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum newspaper, was arrested police in Tampa, FL on suspicion of drunken driving after he was stopped by police on Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. Campbell refused to take a breathalyzer test and was booked into the county jail for driving under the influence. Campbell released a statement through the team's spokesperson, Bill Wickett, saying he was "very apologetic and remorseful."
Mike Tyson Charged on Felony Drug Offenses
Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson was formally charged in an Arizona court for felony drug possession, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs. Arizona police reportedly found three bags of cocaine in Tyson's car after his car nearly hit a police car last December. If convicted, Tyson may face up to seven years in prison.
Bengals' Chris Henry at Risk for another Suspension Because of DUI
Attorneys for Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry are doing their best to reach plea agreements on Henry's two remaining criminal cases to avoid a suspension from the NFL. The receiver was arrested four times in seven months, in three different states. The Bengals suspended Henry for two games and the NFL suspended him for an additional two games after the first two court cases ended with plea agreements. Depending on the outcome of the next plea agreements, Henry may face another more serious suspension from the NFL. On February 15, Henry will face trial in Ohio for a DUI and speeding.
Lions' Cullen May Enter Plea Deal
Detroit Lions assistant coach Joe Cullen, who police say drove nude through Dearborn, MI last year, will appear in court and is expected to accept a plea deal for misdemeanor indecency and DUI charges. Dearborn police arrested him twice in about one week before the start of the NFL season last year. The charges against him are both misdemeanors. In the first incident, on August 24, a Wendy's drive-through worker reported a nude man had ordered food from a blue SUV. Police pulled over Cullen's Ford Explorer and said they discovered him naked. The Lions later attributed the incident to alcohol, but a Dearborn police report made no mention of alcohol. A week later, on Sept. 1, police pulled over Cullen for speeding with no lights on. Cullen, who reportedly told police he had consumed four beers, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.12%, according to police reports. The Michigan legal limit for blood alcohol content is 0.08%. The NFL fined Cullen $20,000 and suspended him from one game for "conduct detrimental to the league."
Marlins' Willis pleads not guilty to DUI charge
Florida Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis' attorney has pleaded Not Guilty to Willis' Miami Beach, FL DUI charge. Willis did not appear in court. Willis, the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year, was arrested December 22 after a police officer noticed he had double-parked his car along a South Beach, FL street. According to the police, Willis had watery eyes, slurred speech, and appeared disoriented.
Former University of Virginia Football Coach Gets DUI
George Welsh, former University of Virginia football coach, has been charged with a DUI, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Welsh, 73, was stopped by police after he was reportedly spotted driving "erratically." Welsh was charged with refusing to take a breathalyzer, in addition to the DUI.
Kansas City Chiefs' Jared Allen Goes to Jail for DUI
Defensive end Jared Allen, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, will serve 48 hours in jail next month because a Kansas City municipal judge revoked an earlier DUI court agreement and found him to be guilty of a second DUI. Allen had gotten a DUI in May that would have allowed him to have charges dismissed if he completed a program and did not commit another offense. Just four months later, in September, Allen was charged with a second offense. Allen will report to the Johnson County Jail February 16. He will appear in court for the September offense on February 14.
Bryant Pleads Not Guilty To Charges
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant entered a not guilty plea in court for charges stemming from his November DUI arrest. Although Bryant refused to take sobriety tests and DUI charges were eventually dropped, Bryant was charged with reckless driving and resisting arrest stemming from the same incident. The football player was suspended without pay from the NFL in December. Bryant was reportedly arrested for driving his sports car at speeds in excess of 120 mph in San Mateo, CA and reportedly had to be taken into custody using a restraint system. Bryant will have a pretrial hearing on February 13 and a jury trial on March 5.
Sharks Player Pleads Not Guilty In Felony DUI Case
San Jose Sharks hockey player Mark Bell pleaded not guilty to three felony DUI charges stemming from a September car crash in Milpitas, CA. If convicted of all charges, Bell could face nearly four years in prison, according to Santa Clara County District Attorney Cindy Hendrickson. Bell will return to court on February 21.
Mike Tyson Appears in Court without Attorney
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson appeared in a Maricopa County, Arizona courtroom on narcotic drug possession charges and was advised that he needed to hire an attorney and can not leave Arizona without the state's permission. Tyson was arrested for driving under the influence, but was charged only for illegal drug possession. Tyson reportedly admitted to police that he had been using illegal substances. During his arraignment, the judge advised him not to discuss his case with anyone but an attorney. Footage of Tyson's arraignment can be found on the website youtube.com.
49ers Antonio Bryant Skates on DUI Charge
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant has been cleared of DUI charges at an arraignment but will be charged with misdemeanor reckless driving and resisting arrest for a November incident in which he was reportedly driving at speeds well over 100 mph after a game against the Seattle Seahawks. Bryant refused to take a field sobriety test when San Mateo police pulled him over. He will return to court for a pre-trial conference in February.
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