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Slew of Sport Stars Land in Bin for DUI

Jail sentences are increasingly handed out to professional athletes who show bad form.


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By Kenneth Garger


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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.

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