Jalen Rose Pulled Off Air By ESPN
Rose Suspended By Network For Concealing DUI Arrest
ESPN basketball analyst Jalen Rose has been yanked off the air by the network for failing to report to his employers about his recent DUI arrest in Michigan until three weeks after the incident.
News recently broke that the 38-year-old former NBA player was arrested for DUI after flipping his SUV. That incident actually happened on March 11, and Rose just recently informed his employers. As a result, ESPN is stripping Rose of his on-air duties until further notice.
"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," says ESPN spokesperson Josh Krulewitz
Rose, who recently jumped into the media spotlight after a fuss was made over comments he stated about Duke players on the recently premiered Fab Five documentary, issued a statement apologizing for his actions earlier this week:
“On March 11th, I was driving to my home when I was involved in a single vehicle automobile accident. I voluntarily submitted to blood alcohol screening because I was confident it was safe for me to drive. Although I was not feeling impaired, the results of these tests indicate that my blood alcohol level was above the legal limit. I regret the decision to drive home that evening and am grateful that no one was hurt in the accident. 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. I accept full responsibility for my actions and look forward to a resolution of the legal matter as soon as possible.”
Rose is scheduled to appear in court on April 20.