Just when the negative attention started to die down, Jalen Rose had to go out and get arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.
Rose had been under scrutiny because of comments he made during ESPN’s “Fab Five” documentary, but the backlash recently started to fizzle.
As it turns out, Rose crashed his car in Michigan on March 11 while he was over the legal drinking limit. When cops arrived on the scene, he was arrested for driving under the influence.
Here’s a statement from ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz via USA Today:
“Jalen has accepted full responsibility for his actions. Both parties are taking this very seriously, and as a result, we’ve agreed that he will not be on our air while he addresses this situation.”
Jalen made a bad decision to drive that night, but he made a worse decision by not telling ESPN. They’re ESPN! They were going to find out one way or another sooner or later.
“I regret the decision to drive home that evening and am grateful that no one was hurt in the accident,” Rose said. “I apologize to my family, my employer and each and every one of my supporters for my lapse in judgment. I am particularly sorry for disappointing those who trust me to serve as a role model for young people.” -Source
This is bad timing for Rose. His “Uncle Tom” comments directed at Duke players in the 90′s is still fresh in people’s minds. This situation just hurts his image that much more.