BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- A former NBA player who now is a basketball analyst for ESPN will spend 20 days in jail for driving while under the influence of alcohol.
It is the first offense for Jalen Rose, 38, who played for six different NBA teams in a career that spanned from 1993 to 2007. The judge in the case, Kimberly Small of 48th District Court in Bloomfield Township, Mich., is known for her tough stance on drunken driving. She ordered Rose to serve 93 days in jail but suspended all but 20 of those days.
"You're not here because you drank," Small said in court Wednesday. "I have no problem with that. Have at it. I do mind when you get behind the wheel of a two-ton vehicle and use it as a weapon against the rest of us."
Rose will report Tuesday to Oakland County Jail in Pontiac, Mich., to be housed with 1,200 other inmates.
Defense attorney James Burdick had pleaded with the judge not to send Rose to jail, noting the numerous contributions he has made to the community.
"Jalen Rose's whole life has been about community service," Burdick said. "He has accepted his responsibility from the very first day. The most difficult thing Jalen has had to do is sit down with his young children and explain what daddy has done."
Rose, in a brief statement, said he has been "humbled and humiliated by this process."
"I have no one to blame but myself for endangering the community," he told Small.
Rose, 38, was arrested March 11 in West Bloomfield, Mich., after crashing his Cadillac Escalade . No one was injured in the single-vehicle crash.
Rose registered a 0.08(PERCENT) on a roadside Breathalyzer, which is the legal limit to be considered drunken driving. Later, a blood test showed a level of 0.12(PERCENT).
Rose pleaded guilty to a single count of operating a vehicle while under the influence, a 93-day misdemeanor.
Small received several letters from community leaders, including Detroit Mayor David Bing, asking her to consider Rose's long history as a role model and champion of inner-city youth.
The probation department, in its report, did not recommend jail time, Burdick said. Small responded: "The people have hired me, not my probation department."
Small said people hire attorneys in an attempt to stay out of jail, but it's her job to send a message.
"There lies the answer to drunk driving," Small said. "Send a message out there that there will be serious consequences."
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