DWI Charge to Cost Redick Position in NBA Draft

June 28, 2006 – During the NBA draft later today, professional teams will be picking the most talented players from college to come wear their colors, play on their court, and represent their city. Duke basketball star J.J. Redick, 21, is expected to be at the top of the first-round picks, having averaged 27 points a game, holding the NCAA career record for 3-pointers, and holding the spot for leading scorer in Atlantic Coast Conference history. 
Unfortunately, Redick’s talent is not the only factor the Pro teams take into consideration when picking a new player – character comes into play as well. At about 1 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13, Redick was pulled over for making an illegal u-turn and a few minutes later, left in handcuffs. Redick was arrested on a DWI charge, his blood-alcohol level registering 0.11 – in North Carolina, the legal limit is 0.08. Redick had his license suspended for 30 days and will face his DWI charge in court on July 17. 
While Redick is most certainly not the first athlete to be arrested on DWI charges, the timing could not have been much worse for him, or for his school. The Duke campus has had more than its fair share of bad publicity over the past few months, with several members of the men’s lacrosse team having been accused of raping a dancer at a party in mid-March. Since that night, three players have been charged. Redick’s arrest came exactly three months after that incident, which only allowed for more criticism and jokes about the players and the university. 
Redick issued a statement the morning after the incident, stating “I regret what happened last night and want to apologize to my family and the Duke community for the incident.” Redick’s coach at Duke, Mike Krzyzewski, also released a statement, backing up his star player. “J.J. knows he made a mistake and regrets it. He represented the very best in college athletics and exhibited outstanding character at Duke the last four years. He is and will continue to be a credit to the Duke basketball family. As his friend and his coach, he has my total support.” Hopefully for Redick’s sake, those picking players at today’s NBA draft will remember Redick and his character before that night as well. 
Redick was approaching a license checkpoint near campus a little after 1 a.m. when he illegally turned around, police pulled him over after Redick turned into an apartment complex parking lot nearby. 
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