Kentucky Wildcats assistant basketball coach Rod Strickland, the NBA’s eighth all-time leader in assists and most famous for eating multiple hot dogs during half-time of games, was arrested for DUI early Sunday morning by Lexington, KY police.. Strickland has three prior DUI arrests.
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.
Prior to becoming an assistant for John Calipari’s Wildcats Strickland was the Head of Basketball Operations for Calipari at Memphis. Stickland’s name came up for a couple of head coaching jobs this off-season, including the one at DePaul where he played college basketball.
Strickland, especially with this being his 4th DUI arrest should immediately be fired. However, look for Calipari to find someway to give Strickland a 5th chance at redemption. I mean none of the prior arrests were as a Calipari assistant. The right move though is to fire Strickland and do damage control.
Calipari has been pushing the new John Calipari Maker’s Mark bottle with his own image on it. Kind of sadly ironic all the way around in a bad full-circle kind of way for the University.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of the Calipari Maker’s Mark bottle benefit The Calipari Family Foundation for Children. A foundation that benefits underprivileged children in Kentucky and Memphis.
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