Jalen Rose: Jail Time of 20 Days For DUI

July 28, 2011

What do you think of Jalen Rose’s jail time of 20 days for his DUI charge from March? Too short of a sentence? Harsh for a first time offense?

Jalen Rose

The former NBA player and University of Michigan standout stood before a judge in May and admitted to drinking six martinis before he crashed his Cadillac Escalade on a snow covered road in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan. He plead guilty to the DUI charge and today was handed his sentence by Judge Kimberly Small. She has been known to sending people with first time DUI offenses to jail for several days or weeks, while other judges simply order community service and probation for first time DUI offenders.

Small ordered the ESPN analyst to 93 days in jail, but that was lowered to 20 days. Rose was allowed a delay in reporting to jail for six days so that he could be in attendance of his 93-year-old grandmother’s birthday party this weekend. Tuesday he will begin his 20 day stint behind bars. Rose told reporters after his sentencing, “I’m humbled, I’m embarrassed, and I’m very apologetic. I can assure everyone that nothing like this will ever happen again.”

Several people rallied behind Rose and wrote letters on his behalf, asking Judge Small to go easy on him and not send him to jail. They cited his longtime commitment to the community. Dave Bing, mayor of Detroit, did the same. He wrote, “Judge Small, for what it’s worth, I fully believe Jalen was being truthful to me when he stated, ‘I will never drink and drive again or ever be in any other court for any violation of the law.’ ”

Judge Small wanted to get her point across regarding DUI. “There lies the answer to drunk driving. Send a message out there that there will be serious consequences.”

Thankfully no one was injured in Rose’s crash, but I have to say… you do the crime, you do the time.

I know many of you have differing opinions on this, so leave me your thoughts below. Let’s discuss!

Photos: www.wenn.com/Adriana M. Barraza

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