DWI arrest costs former Nets guard Kenny Anderson a coaching job

New York City native Kenny Anderson, a former New Jersey Nets guard and 1994 All Star, retired after a successful pro basketball career in 2006 and moved on to coaching. Now 42, Anderson's latest coaching job was for a Jewish day school in Florida -- until he was arrested on suspicion of DWI recently. That drunk driving accusation just cost him his job.

According to police, Anderson's car appeared to be swerving before they pulled him over on April 27, although the actual traffic stop was for failing to signal a lane change. Upon pulling him over, police officers subjected him to field sobriety tests, which he reportedly failed. A breath test is said to have registered his blood alcohol content at .194, which would be remarkably high for an average person who was still capable of driving.

This arrest came as a sad shock to many people here in New York. As recently as March 30, the New York Daily News did an inspirational story about Anderson’s work at the Jewish day school. filled with quotes from students about what a wonderful coach he is.

Anderson, like most people pulled over for intoxicated driving, has only been charged with a misdemeanor. Four days later, the school sent a terse email to reporters announcing that Anderson has fulfilled his current contract and will not be brought back next year. All his success, admiration and promise were apparently not enough to overcome school officials’ distaste for the criminal charge.

This story shows just how very serious the consequences can be for someone accused of driving drunk. Kenny Anderson, however, has faced challenges before.

“It’s just tough right now,” he told the Daily News. “But you’ll see me around again.”

Source: New York Daily News, "Former Nets guard Kenny Anderson fired from high school coaching job in Florida after DUI," Wayne Coffey, May 4, 2013; South Florida Sun Sentinel, "Ex-NBA star Kenny Anderson fired from Posnack after arrest," Wayne K. Roustan and Dave Brousseau, May 2, 2013

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