Kentucky basketball assistant Rod Strickland needs to hire a chauffeur. Maybe some Kentucky coal magnate/hoops booster could splurge for cab fare for the man. For the third time since 2007 Strickland has been picked up on a driving-related charge.
In October of 2007, the long-time John Calipari assistant was charged with a DUI, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license in Tennessee. He was arrested on DUI charges in September of 2010 in Kentucky, too. Pleading guilty to that charge, Strickland’s license was suspended (and he was also moved from a bench coach to a role of “special assistant”). Which leads us to…
This morning, when Strickland was arrested for driving on said suspended license near UK’s practice facility. Apparently, alcohol played no role in this arrest. Instead, he’s accused of having no registered plates and of failing to signal.
Whether this arrest will cost the 46-year-old ex-NBA’er his current job with the Wildcats remains to be seen. If not, the it’s time for someone to hire the guy a driver.
UPDATE — The University of Kentucky has released a statement regarding Strickland’s arrest and in it the school makes it clear that Strickland did have a properly registered vehicle and did have a driver’s license:
“Rod Strickland was pulled over this morning in Lexington on a routine traffic stop on the way to the office. According to police reports, he was pulled over for failure to signal and for driving with a suspended license. According to Strickland, his vehicle was properly registered and he produced his driver’s license at the scene. We are currently gathering information on whether his license was suspended due to a clerical error which led to his arrest.”
If he produced his driver’s license, it’s hard to imagine him being arrested for driving on a suspended license. Unless a) there was a glitch in the police department’s computers/records when officers checked his record from their cruiser or b) Strickland thought his license had been restored when it hadn’t.
Either way, it sure seems like Strickland might just want to start taking the bus.