Slew of Sport Stars Land in Bin for DUI
Jail sentences are increasingly handed out to professional athletes who show bad form.
Not long ago, sports stars hit with DUI charges often managed to evade jail times. These days fed-up judges are turning them into an example. Last week, we reported on the much-publicized DUI arrests of two high-profile collegiate football players from the University of Arkansas. This week, after long-troubled skier Jeret Pieterson killed himself rather than go to jail following his most recent DWI citation, two more professional athletes have been sent to the slammer for their drunk-driving offenses. The first, former NBA sharp-shooter turned ESPN analyst Jalen Rose, 38, was sentenced yesterday to serve 20 days behind bars for a DUI . A Michigan judge also sentenced Rose to one year of probation for a second DWI arrest outside Detroit last March. And on Tuesday, ESPN also reported that Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, also 38, was sentenced to 30 days in jail for a drunk-driving offense dating back to last February. At the time of his arrest, Khabibulin’s blood alcohol content more than doubled the legal limit at a steaming 0.164. Known as "The Bulin Wall" for his sharp puck-stopping abilities, the four-time All-Star began his NHL career in 1994 with the Winnipeg Jets, and helped lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to win hockey's coveted Stanley Cup a decade later. A judge recently sentenced the goalie to 15 days in jail and 15 more under house arrest. He's also been ordered to pay a $1500 fine and complete an in-treatment alcohol program.