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UPDATED: Kentucky special assistant Rod Strickland arrested for driving with DUI-suspended license

Aug 2, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Rod Strickland mugshot

UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. EDT, 2 August 2012

According to court records attained by WLEX in Lexington, Rod Strickland’s license had been reinstated in April of 2011. This detail comes after he was arrested early Thursday morning in Lexington on charges of, among other things, driving with a DUI-suspended license.

“Rod Strickland was pulled over this morning in Lexington on a routine traffic stop on the way to the office,” the University of Kentucky said in a statement. “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.”

Strickland was set free on bond Thursday morning and is expected to appear in court on Friday.

Original Story, posted 11:51 a.m. EDT, 2 August 2012

Kentucky special assistant Rod Strickland was arrested early Thursday morning in Lexington, Ky., and charged for driving with a suspended license, NBC affiliate WLEX in Lexington is reporting.

The 46-year-old Strickland was also charged with having unregistered plates and failing to signal.

This is the latest in a string of legal problems for the former NBA player, who was arrested on DUI charges in April 2010. His license was currently suspended as a result of that 2010 incident. Following that arrest, he was moved from his assistant position at Kentucky to the administrative position he currently holds.

That arrest in April 2010 marked the fourth time he had been charged with DUI, his last before that coming in 2001. He was also arrested in 2007 on charges of reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

He served as an assistant for just one season under coach John Calipari at Kentucky after being the Director of Basketball Operations at Memphis.

Before coming to the collegiate ranks, Strickland played 17 seasons in the NBA, averaging 13.2 points and 7.3 assists per game for nine teams. During his collegiate career, he starred at DePaul University.

According to WLEX, Strickland is being held in the Fayette County Detention Center and it is not yet clear when he will appear in court.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. hoopsvader - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    The road to Kentucky ends in Jail

  2. gatordontplay - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Any comment imforbigblue?

  3. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Clearly with his record he can show Kentucky players how a pro should act. I can’t think of better training for future NBA payers than having Rod show them hedge way.

  4. seanb20124 - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Must be a helluva recruiter to keep his job? 5 DWI arrests??

  5. imforbigblue - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Lol to bad his license weren’t suspended so I guess all you haters will have to come up with something else to cry about. Plus I love how you say the road to Kentucky leads to jail when none of its players EVER get into trouble. You guys have some weak smack not even worth my time

  6. gatordontplay - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    He was still arrested with a DUI dumbass.. But that’s probably acceptable where your from. Stop being such a d rider on coach cal and calling everyone a hater

  7. joneildu - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Wasn’t a former UK player arrested for sexually assaulting underage children at a church? You can’t say “none of their players EVER get into trouble” when one was just busted molesting kids.

  8. paulhargis53 - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    No, he wasn’t arrested for DUI on this stop. Reading comprehension, look into it.

    Not a KU fanatic at all, but some of you shouldn’t have access to a computer.

  9. gatordontplay - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Fuck you Paul

  10. paulhargis53 - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    gator, Your language is offensive!

  11. imforbigblue - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Wow you haters really are morons who can’t read. Plus while Cal has been the coach at Kentucky not one of his players have EVER been in trouble. Plus it’s UK not KU that’s Kansas

  12. imforbigblue - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    It’s ok gatorboy to be mad at anything UK because we all know UK owns FL and you will ALWAYS be second to us in the SEC lol

  13. gatordontplay - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    First of all I’m not a gators fan.. 2 billy Donovan has 3 nc at Florida 2 more than your precious coach cal.. So who is the better coach?(not recruiting and cheating but actual x’s and o’s)

  14. gatordontplay - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    SMD Paul

  15. joneildu - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    I love how you have to go back and add the qualifier that “NO UK player has gotten in trouble while Cal was there” beings Porter (the player molesting kids at a church) left the program the year Cal got there.

  16. imforbigblue - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Wow you guys are REALLY stupid! It’s almost to easy and almost not worth writing back but I can’t help it.

    For one FL only has 2 NC’s not 3 and porter was not a coach cal player and he got in trouble AFTER he left UK like years later so that was retarded to even bring up. Ok this my last post about this because I get better come backs and better info out of my 5 year old SMH

  17. hondo30 - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:03 AM


  18. hondo30 - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    donovan has 2 titles..he is a better coach than cal tho. cal is prob. 7th best coach in ncaa.

  19. imforbigblue - Aug 3, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    Yeah billy is a better coach that’s why he hasn’t beatn cal since he’s been at UK but your right. I have to stop coming to this site because you morons don’t know shit about college basketball. Last time I checked UK won the SEC title last year and the NC not FL. Go look up FL’s over all record vs UK and you will see UK down right owns FL but your right BD is a Better coach then Cal SMH

    • hondo30 - Aug 3, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      Cal uses shady tactics to recruit players. he had the best team in the nation 3 years in a row and only has 1 title.

      • hondo30 - Aug 3, 2012 at 5:42 PM

        make that 4 years in a row

  20. gatordontplay - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Last time I check vandy won the sec you idiot

  21. gatordontplay - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    1. Florida owns kentucky in every sport but basketball at the moment and they will dominant that when cal gets caught..2 If cal is this dominant coach and recruiter why does he only have 1 nc? 3 answer the fucking question who is the better coach and try not to be an ignorant fu** when you answer..4 how many Kentucky basketball players d***** can you fit in your mouth at the same time imforbigblue?

  22. paulhargis53 - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    gator: You seem to have a fixation with same sex oral sex. I’m sorry I don’t swing that way, but there are websites out there for people of your ilk.

    I’m sorry to have to reject you, don’t worry, you’ll find the man you’re looking for.

  23. timb12 - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    I’m not a fan either way, and I’ve found this whole thing pretty entertaining. But once you can’t debate with facts and say that someone is gay then you might as well chalk that up as a loss. That’s almost as lame of a comeback as “oh yeah?” sorry Paul.

  24. paulhargis53 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    timb: Thanks for your input. If you care to read all the stuff gator wrote, you’ll understand the response I gave.

    I’m sorry it isn’t to your liking, there is A method to my madness, I can assure you.

    Not sure why you would single me out, as what he said was much worse. Unless you don’t get what f**k you and SMD mean.

  25. timb12 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Maybe I’m wrong. But I took what gator wrote as phrases. He doesn’t really want anyone to actually go downtown on him.

  26. dexterismyhero - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Both teams suck as far as I’m concerned……………..Thumbs down everyone!!!!

    Go Vandy!!!

  27. gatordontplay - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    I think we’ve all experienced our own ballet today. A ballet of emotions. I just hope we can all get a long and just remember the moral of the story, and that is Kentucky is evil and do is imforbigblue

  28. gatordontplay - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    So is

  29. paulhargis53 - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Whatever Tim, someone says FU to me, they take what they get in return. I’m nit here to live up to your standards. Gator can fight his own battles anyway.

  30. gatordontplay - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Looks like someone’s ballet of emotions turned into a ballet of anger 😦..
    Quit being a bitch paul

  31. paulhargis53 - Aug 3, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Who is angry? I called you out for being a moron. You said FU and asked me to orally pleasure you.I said I’m nit your type, I like women. Tim has the issue not me. I didn’t realize me was the morality police.
    Getting mad at a faceless internet turd?

  32. imforbigblue - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Wow your ppl just keep getting dumber and dumber. First this moron says UK had the best team for the past 3 years? I wouldnt say the had the best team the past 3 years they did have the #1 class but that doesn’t mean best team. Plus if you knew anything at all about basketball the best team doesn’t always win ALOT of luck and what kind of draw you get in the turny plays into it. Look at butler who went to back to back title games are you going to tell me they had one of the best teams those years hell no.

    UNC had the best team on paper last year and they didn’t win it. So don’t come on here talking like you know college basketball because in the end your mad your team sucks UK is better and gets the players you wish you could have.

    O and moron gator boy UK was the regular season SEC champions going 16-0 you fuck tard! By the way who’s your fav team if your not a FL fan?

  33. Louisville Kentucky Mortgage - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:08 PM


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