Posted: Apr 12, 2010 9:48 AM
Updated: Apr 12, 2010 9:48 AM
Lexington police arrested University of Kentucky assistant basketball coach Rod Strickland early Sunday morning.
According to police reports, they arrested Strickland just before 3 a.m. at Tates Creek and New Circle Road. The report says an officer saw Strickland run a red light at the intersection, nearly striking another vehicle. Investigators say he failed a field sobriety test, including standing on one leg, walking and turning, and reciting ABCs. Strickland refused a breathalizer and had the smell of alcohol on his breath.
The UK assistant and former NBA star has three previous DUI arrests, according to ABC news. The last was a 2001 incident in Virginia. According to the ABC news report, Strickland was convicted in 1998 for the same charge, and complete a year probation and 30 hours of community service. In 1999, he was acquitted of charges relating to driving drunk in Washington.
This past season was the first for Strickland as an assistant at the collegiate level, according to UK Athletics. He served as the Director of Student-Athlete Development for University of Memphis from 2006-2008 and was then named Director of Basketball operations for the Tigers, a position he held until coming to UK.
Strickland played college ball for the DePaul Blue Demons and was a first round NBA pick in 1988 by the New York Nicks. His NBA career spanned 17 years and nine different teams. He averaged 13.2 points and 7.3 assists per game over his career.