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UK releases statement on Rod Strickland’s arrest

UK has released an update on Rod Strickland’s arrest from this morning:

Rod Strickland was pulled over this morning in Lexington on a routine traffic stop on the way to the office. 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.

In case it wasn’t made clear enough, Strickland was NOT pulled over for a DUI. He was pulled over for not using a turn signal, at which point the cops ran his record and discovered his license was still suspended from his September 2010 DUI arrest. Contrary to the police report, Strickland claims his vehicle was properly registered, and his license still being suspended may have been a clerical error. Be careful to getcher facts straight before you pass judgment.

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71 Comments for UK releases statement on Rod Strickland’s arrest



  1. Smyrna_Cat
    12:27 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Geez … pulling someone over for failing to use a turn signal? WTF??



  2. JEREMY
    12:36 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s hope it was a clerical error. I know for a fact how good a person he is, and not to mention his basketball knowledge is off the charts. Let us remember BBN, everybody makes mistakes in life and we got to support our family. Cause right know he is a part of the BBN family. So God Bless you Coach Strick



  3. DP
    12:38 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    What does that basketball say??



  4. Dale
    12:39 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Suspend due to a DUI from Sept. 2010. He would have his license back by now. Obviously a clerical error.



  5. what the what
    12:40 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    According my sources, his license was only suspended for 1 year from the April 2010 DUI. If this is the case, registered plates or not, he will be around at UK for years to come. Barring any other inappropriate conduct.



  6. Dickie Z
    12:40 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    #1 – Yeah, you have to use a turn signal. It’s not optional. WTF!



  7. Help Desk
    12:40 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    DP, that is the first thing I noticed aswell



  8. UseSomeCommonSense
    12:43 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    The ball says “the rock”—not what you’re thinking.



  9. The Realist
    12:43 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Before the race card is played, I was pulled over and given a citation for this to.



  10. blairato
    12:44 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    3 – I’m pretty sure it says “The Rock”, but that glare is unfortunate, haha.



  11. rick
    12:47 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    hope all the morons piling on after the first post are listening. This will amount to nothing except another embarresment for Ron. By the way, I wonder how many tickets a year are written for this/ Maybe 3?



  12. schwing
    12:48 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    #6, it’s only “required” so that a cop can have an excuse to do something easy and continue wasting tax payers’ dollars. if they actually did something to “protect and serve” then they might get a little more respect.



  13. Dickie Z
    12:51 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    #12 – It’s required because it makes driving safer for everyone else on the road, not for an excuse to pull you over.



  14. Hunter
    12:55 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    The amount of stupidity in these comments about people not using their turn signals is amazing.



  15. Toddfather
    1:00 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Clerical error = Cover up. No other way to spin it. Is it possible that the only reason Rod is still around is because he has some dirt on call and is using it as blackmail?



  16. Is he the guy?
    1:00 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    #12 So are you the guy that continuosly pisses me off when I’m behind you because you just decide to stomp on your brakes and whip off the road on a whim without having the mental wherewithal to simply bump that little lever on your steering column up or down? As #13 says, turn signals are required for a reason and I wish every idiot that is too busy yakking on their cell phone to use one were pulled over and taken to jail. There, rant over.



  17. Blueneck
    1:00 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    It says pulled over for failing to signal AND driving with a suspended license. How did cop know it was suspended prior to pulling him over?

    If government was smart (news flash: it isn’t) it would require a valid license and insurance to be able to get/update your registration tags. Too many drive around with updated tags (since cops can see them) but won’t spend the $20 for their license and have no intention of getting auto insurance.



  18. Bob Sugar
    1:01 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Two arrests in as many years. Let’s face it, clerical error or not, this sort of negative publicity is terrible for the program. A responsible athletic director and head coach would take the proactive appraoch and immediately dismiss Coach Rod Strickland.



  19. Big Blue Coming at You
    1:04 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    I think besides the traffic violation the only thing that was his fault was not verifying his license was reinstated after his suspension expired. Then we would have never heard of his traffic violation because all that would have happened is he would have possibly gotten a ticket for it.



  20. Kevin C.
    1:05 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    @ #3…It says what Rod was saying when he saw the blue lights. 😉



  21. burger
    1:06 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Bob Sugar, your the negative in the equation.

    You could get pulled over 100 times a year, but if you only have one issue, that seems to be cleared up now (the DUI in 2010 that he paid the price for) then any speculation about what the final say with this is nothing but formal paperwork.

    He wasn’t a threat to anyone and no alcohol was involved.

    When you realize his status as a good person isn’t in question, one realizes your judgment makes you the person in question.



  22. Han
    1:07 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Since when do they pull people over for not signalling? I see jerks doing that all the time.

    Does Strickland drive a Ferrari or something? Or did he cut off a cop?

    6) Tell that to the 75% of people who don’t use their signals when they turn or change lanes.

    12) Actually, people that don’t know how to drive are risking lives and getting punished for that serves to protect those of us who are trying to drive correctly.

    17) The number of unlicensed drivers (mainly illegals) who get into car accidents is actually really high, too.



  23. Dickie Z
    1:07 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    #18 – How would you feel if you lost your job because of an error at the DMV and forgetting to use your turn signal?



  24. Diet Bob Sugar
    1:08 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    #18 Oh sure, you wouldn’t be a tad bit upset if you were cited for an offense in which you were entirely innocent and it was a clerical error by the Dept. of Driver Licensing? Really? And you wouldn’t be calling your lawyer if you were fired for failing to use a turn signal? LOL right! geez, the old saying about keeping quiet instead of opening your mouth and removing all doubt comes to mind if you know what I mean …



  25. Getoveryourself
    1:09 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    #18 – seriously? This event is a blip on the radar screen. By the way, half the drivers in Lexington don’t use turn signals. Odd that they picked the black guy in the nice car to pull over.



  26. burger
    1:14 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Rod should have just flashed the ring to the copper. I wonder if it says HotRod instead of Drizzy on it.



  27. jymbo
    1:15 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    The police Dept. is corrupt. He was proably born in Loserville.



  28. TrollAlert
    1:15 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    hey guys, in case you are new here…Bob Sugar doesn’t post anything positive about UK, it’s all negative bs. It doesn’t do any good to try and rationalize with an irrational person, which Bob clearly is.



  29. OLD BBN
    1:16 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    #18 is a LOUisville TROLL. go back under the rock u crawled out from under.



  30. tyrus
    1:17 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    This is what WLEX reported on their web site an hour ago. Former UK assistant basketball coach Rod Strickland was arrested early Thursday morning in downtown Lexington and charged with driving on a DUI suspended license, among other charges.



  31. TrollAlert
    1:19 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder if Bob Sugar is oldschool using a different name. I haven’t seen that oldschool fool on here for a while.



  32. Bob Sugar
    1:20 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    All I’m saying is that UK Basketball is bigger than one man’s job, regardless of how nice he is, his position, or his race. Just because there was a technicality or error in this case doesn’t mean there wasn’t something else going on. Unfortunately, where there is smoke there is fire and in Rod Strickland’s case it seems the smoke detectors sounded. UK’s program cannot afford to be seen dealing with any sort of impropriety. And while we can defend Cal all day long in cases like his two vacated final fours, D. Rose SAT, Bledsoe Transcript, Anthony Davis pay off, WWW, the defense must stop there and everyone else must toe the line no matter how beneficial to the team or well liked or successful.



  33. Dickie Z
    1:25 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Bob Sugar = Jerry Tipton?



  34. Bluey
    1:26 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Hey 15 and 18. We’re National Champs and you’re not. So STFU kiss Cal’s ring, and ask Rick how Cal’s azz taste.



  35. Troll
    1:29 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    32 sometimes smoke detectors go off just bc the batteries are dying, not bc there is fire.



  36. FireX
    1:30 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    ever heard of a false alarm 32???



  37. tom
    1:36 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    There is more to this story. Just watch.



  38. bill
    1:37 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone surprised from a Lexington cop? They make arrests on assumptions to hope you are guilty of what they cite/arrest for



  39. Bob Sugar
    1:38 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    35. & 36. Yes I’ve heard of both of those, and I don’t deny that is exactly what happened in this case. However, the previous DUI sets up a zero-tolerance situatuion for Rod. And this mishap, however innocent, is enough to cost him this prestigous postion within the greatest college basketball program of all time. UK transcends one man’s job as unfair as that may be.



  40. bluesince66
    1:39 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    I think the post Tyler made earlier and the one WLEX put out could have been stated driving on a suspended license would have been good enough. Throwing in the DUI suspended license threw me and several others off thinking it was another dui. Rod drives a Ford Flex it’s not like he’s driving around in a Porsche.



  41. RickFan
    1:40 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like Sandy Bell found a fax again??



  42. Musehobo
    1:41 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    I mean this completely lightheartedly, but you all dummies need to start using your turn signal! My horn is broken on my car so I just beat the steering wheel when people ignore their turn signal. It may seem silly, but it can be dangerous. That being said, you don’t issue a ticket for it. You scare somebody with the threat of it. Probably what was gonna happen with Rod, until he ran the license. I work with a guy that the same thing happened to. But in his case, the clerk never turned his record of attending traffic school after a speeding ticket. He was driving a work van, and was put on probation here at work. Almost lost his job for a clerical error.



  43. Big Blue B-Rad
    1:50 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Bob Sugar) let’s look at what Pitino did before you start passing judgement on how a coach disgraced a program….banged a girl in the corner of a restaurant, while he was still married btw. Then he paid to help her abort the baby. Yes she was blackmailing him, but let’s not forget what he did to set the ball in motion. I’m sure you were outside the UL AD’s office screaming to fire Pitino for embracing the program? Gimme a break dude. Go back to loserville where you belong.



  44. Smyrna_Cat
    1:52 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Nice to see the police protecting our community. Yep. Lets go these hoodlums off the street. Anyone who forgets to use their turn-signal should be arrested and fired.

    Whatever.



  45. Al B. Frank
    1:54 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    What is with the cops in Lexington? Out to get Strick? Racist? Just trying to make the news? Seems to me that Strickland is getting harassed. People get off with warnings over much worse than this every day, especially if they happen to have some cleavage to flash. What a disgrace to the LPD.



  46. Big Blue B-Rad
    1:54 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    44) or if you want to get the LEX police’s attention, just tell them there’s a party going on next door. They’ll be there in 5 minutes lol



  47. Bob Sugar
    1:58 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    I am a true blue Kentucky Wildcat fan and not some johnny-come-lately fan blogger or fan site devoted to bringing you UK sports news in the most pathetic manner possible. Rick Pitino can do whatever he wants– AT LOUISVILLE! but this is not louisville this is the GREATEST TRADITION IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL and no man is going to stand in its way: not the unhearaled misleader, not Mitch Barnyard, not Rod Strickland, not Joker Phillips, not Joe Craft, not John Calipari, not Eli Castrato, not KSR, not Cat’s Pause, not Dave Baker Oscar Combs, Not Tom Leach, Not John Clay or Jerry Tipton, not ESPN, not Joe B Hall, Not Adolph Rupp



  48. lcsd479
    2:03 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Where is the officer’s discretion? Most states require you to surrender your license at the time of arrest for the initial DWI/DUI violation. If you have a guy who hands you a driver’s license that was issued past the date when the suspension was lifted, one would think that you would not make an arrest unless his history showed another administrative suspension not related to the DWI/DUI. If he did not surrender the license, I have a hard time believing he forgot to pay a reinstatement fee. Most of the time the computer is correct, but there are times when there is an error. When an officer thinks there maybe a discrepancy, definitely do not make the arrest, if anything, send the person on his way with a summons and make him get a ride. Or, send him a summons in the mail if the license is truly suspended after further investigation. If UK’s version of events is true, this Officer needs some training making decent decisions. Regardless of who it is, someones freedom should not be taken over something this petty especially when there is a question on whether there is an clerical error.



  49. The Commish
    2:04 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    After a license suspension from a DUI, the operator must pay the reinstatement fee (40.00) and take the written test over before you get your license back. Maybe this did not happen? Even through you have a physical drivers license, the DOT will still show suspended until the fee and test are completed. Also, a law enforcement officer does not have to “arrest” you for these offenses. A citation could be issued, and the operator can get the items corrected before Court!!!…just another Serpico wannabe looking for a collar



  50. SexnNursinHomes
    2:07 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Uh oh- I heard Rod Strickland drives 3 miles over the speed limit. Fire him now!



  51. burger
    2:08 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Bob Sugar is the one spewing the smoke (knee-jerk judgment based on hearsay).

    What Rod Strickland has done or hasn’t done has yet to be determined. Therefore, no one can say anything based on fact.

    If it’s as it’s been presented, then he’s done nothing to provoke even discussion of losing his job, let alone some “one strike and your out” probationary period that lasts indefinitely.

    Take your judgment without adequate information back to the drawing board. No one’s buying your flawed unsupported opinion. You could be 5 or 50 and it doesn’t matter, your judgment is frail.



  52. ktmiln2
    2:10 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    47. Concerned troll is concerned.



  53. Captain Obvious
    2:11 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    I was pulled over for the exact same thing. I went to jail. I was a clerical error. They did not say sorry or it was their mistake. No opps, no nothing.

    I was funny because the same computer system that told the cops that it was suspended is not the same system to say that I reinstated it. Convenient.



  54. AnnoyedMotorist
    2:22 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    It is annoying when people don’t use turn signals but the cop was probably just looking for an excuse to pull someone over. I got a ticket last week for doing a “rolling stop” just a few houses down from my own. And the officer said “This stop sign shouldn’t even be here, but it is, and it’s my job to make sure you obey the laws so I have to cite you.” Uh no you didn’t, you could have warned me, esp if you think the sign shouldn’t even be there. The city must need the money so cops are going that extra step to pass out tickets.



  55. Bob Sugar
    2:26 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    49.) knee-jerk judgment based on hearsay– No, Rod Strickland was arrested this morning this is an absolute fact not hearsay

    What Rod Strickland has done or hasn’t done has yet to be determined– No, Rod Strickland was arrested afor DUI two years ago and was arrested this morning so yes it has beeen determined

    Therefore, no one can say anything based on fact.– No, every one can say anything based on the fact that he was arrested this morning and two years ago for DUI

    I have adequate information and it is fully supported I’m sorry you didn’t learn the difference in real and make believe while you were following your favorite Portland trail blazer/bullet but now you know the difference



  56. Bob Sugar
    2:27 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    ^^ sorry 49. 51.) that was directed at you



  57. SexnNursinHomes
    2:38 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    55- so much for you facts. Rod should have never been arrested. Cited for a “no turn”, yeah, fine him a $100 bucks and be done with it. But your big time rant was for absolutely nothing. Oh, I’ve included a link. It says Rod Strickland’s license was re-issued April 2011. But I’m guessing you don’t care because it doesn’t fit your trolling agenda.

    http://www.lex18.com/news/court-records-show-strickland-s-driver-s-license-reinstated-in-april-2011/



  58. Randolph Morris
    2:46 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Tubby just found a faxed confirmation of the license reinstatement in his desk drawer.



  59. gottodoit
    2:47 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    In Owensboro, if the police stopped each driver who failed to use his indicator when making a turn, we would have to call out the National Guard to handle the extra work.



  60. burger
    2:49 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    #55 – Bob High Fructose Corn Syrup –

    The flaw is in how you determine:

    1. Rod’s in some probationary period still from a DUI in 2010.

    2. That he is in some 1 strike your out state.

    3. That his job should be taken regardless of how this traffic offense plays out (facts not known… just speculation based on a police report).

    Rod served his punishment for the alcohol offense. There’s nothing here that furthers that (at least not at this point). It’s a formal infraction based on a traffic offense. Rod’s a value who’s positives so far outweight his negatives.

    Your inability to suspend a knee jerk judgment is the evidence that you aren’t qualified as a person who’s discretion is that which anyone would respect or consider. 99% of the big blue nation would agree with me at this point based on what we know.



  61. bluristhurr
    2:51 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    #1, 6 and most of you #13 I just asked a buddie dad who was a cop for years in ky and he said alot of them(cops) and him self would do this tactic for this type of violation and others alike to just see if you had anything bad on you



  62. Bob Sugar
    3:00 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    60.) The flaw is in your perspective and if 99% of BBN agrees with you then they are also flawed. Compared to Kentucky Basketball, Rod’s value is nearly worthless. He is both replaceable and expendable, tolerating anything other than a perfect record is grouds for termination.



  63. SexnNursinHomes
    3:04 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    62- that has nothing to do with why Rod Strickland got pulled over. I posted a link that shows Rod Strickland’s driver license was legal. The cop was wrong to arrest Rod. and the former players who know Rod say that he is a respected mentor. You suck at this.



  64. dick gosinia
    3:10 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    I agree you SHOULD use your turn signal but if you are behind someone, what difference does it really make? You can’t go anywhere until the person in front of you does. And if you have to slam on your brakes then you are following too closely anyhow.

    It is really only important for those across from you or beside you.



  65. Dickie Z
    3:32 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    #64 – What about the guy in your blind spot that you don’t see? It doesn’t matter the situation, you should use it. It’s a pretty simple task…



  66. Blah
    3:38 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    I think the police officer should lose his job because the integrity of city,state, and federal government is bigger than one man



  67. BPM
    4:25 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks Bob, we all got a little bit dumber by reading your posts today. I say we fire and arrest the next UK coach or player that jaywalks. Jaywalking tarnishes our reputation. No one man is bigger than the institution of UK after all.



  68. Jason
    4:38 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Bob Sugar if what you say in comment 47 is true then keeping Strickland on staff will do nothing to stand in the way of the Big Blue machine rolling on .. derp.



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    4:51 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Hey #41…are you part of Rick’s posse that stood by and watched his 15 seconds of love with Karen Sypher?



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