City Desk

Rod Strickland Still Alive and Coaching in 2011

My favorite moment of the ongoing rendition of March Madness came after the buzzer to end Sunday's Kentucky/North Carolina game.

CBS's cameras were pointed at the handshake lines on the sideline. There, among the victorious Wildcats, I caught a glimpse of The Greatest/Worstest Washington Bullet/Wizard of All Time: Rod Strickland!

He's a survivor. Last April, Strickland got popped for driving under the influence by cops in Lexington, Ky. He had just finished his first season as a Kentucky assistant coach.

Some Wildcat boosters called for Strickland's ouster from the Kentucky staff at the time.

But Strickland has more lives than the average 'Cat. The Lexington bust was at least Strickland's fourth DUI arrest. He'd been arrested on the same charge three times during his days in the NBA, along with jailings for various other assaults and disorderlies.

But, as I was improperly shocked to learn on Sunday, he's still counseling impressionable student athletes.

The Bullets/Wizards were but one of the nine franchises he Hot Rodded for in a 17-year playing career. But—lucky us!—all his DUI arrests as a player came around here.

He was charged in D.C. with a DUI and disorderly conduct in September 1997, with his lawyer saying he was only pulled over during a downtown cruise because jealous MPD members saw him "driving an expensive Mercedes Benz."

Then Strickland beat DUI and reckless-driving charges after getting nabbed in 1999 running red lights and speeding downtown. Strickland plead guilty to a DUI when cops caught him swerving on the George Washington Memorial Parkway in January 2001.

My favorite Strickland story, however, doesn't involve improper operation of an automobile.

On the night of Sept. 11, 2001, while most of the nation mourned, Strick and his posse, which included latter-day disco divo Chico DeBarge, were bustin' loose in the parking lot of a TGIF restaurant in Bowie.

According to witnesses, Strickland et al brawled with staffers from the adjacent rival fern bar, Applebee's.

Rod Strickland. Sept. 11. TGIF. Applebee's. Brawl. Chico DeBarge.

I can't type that stuff enough.

Hey, Frontline: Where's the "TGIF Massacre" documentary?

Go Wildcats!

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  • seDCdude

    Last time you did an article on Rod man the BITTER, nasty, crab ass females came up from under the rocks on that 1!

    A thread full of RENEE Ds ain't a good look man!

    On a lighter note....congrats to Strick, he has wealth of knowledge and most certainly can do better than most at teaching and coaching LIFE SKILLS from a "personal" perspective!

    You see, alls not lost on MISTAKES made when those that make them don't quit, ie MARION BARRY, KWAME BROWN and ROD STRICKLAND!

  • noodlez

    I THOUGHT THAT BUL/WIZ SQUAD W/HIM, C-WEBB AND HOWARD COULD DO SOME DAMAGE.

    I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM THROWING UP HIS HOT DOG ON THE COURT WHILE DURING THE GAME.

  • tman

    diss rod all you want, i'm still a fan! when he was with the bullets/wizards, he had more heart and fearlessness on the court than anyone on the team at that time. i wish the brother well (gotta say that driving under the influence is one of the more ridiculous and dangerous things anyone can do, especially when you're in the public eye!)

  • Jamnew

    Rod was a great player and almost helped the Bullets beat the Jordan Bulls. It took everything the Jordan/Pippen bulls could do to stop that team. Strickland made driving layup after driving layup to make each game go down to the last shot. But alas the the Bulls had Jordan, end of story. Strickland was once banned from Howard U. campus for being disorderly doing homecoming. The fact that he is coaching under Calipari doesn't surprise me

  • JAY

    wow not rod again

    YOUR MENTORING OTHER PEOPLES KIDS FOR A LIVING
    AND NOT YOUR OWN!!!!! YOU HAVE A SEED IN NJ BROTHER
    YOU SHOULD MENTOR YOUR OWN FIRST

    ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME ROD
    WHERE YOU HAVE TO FACE WHAT YOU VE BEEN RUNNING FROM

  • LADA

    TS REALLY SAD THAT THIS MAN IS A MENTOR TO OTHER KIDS AND NOT HIS OWN

    HE HAS A SON IN NEW JERSEY THAT HE TRIES TO KEEP A SECRET
    HE NEVER TOLD THIS WOMEN ABOUT HIS MARRIAGE
    BUT SHE FOUND OUT ALOT ABOUT HIM IN COURT
    THIS WOMAN IS DEVASTATED I WILL FIND HER AND GET HER OUT HER SHELL
    SHE HAS A STORY ON YOU RODNEY
    HOW DARE YOU THINK YOU CAN TEACH OTHER PEOPLES KIDS AND NOT YOUR OWN ....................YOU PARENTS SHOULD FEEL ASHAMED OF YOU

    YOU ARE TRUELY A LOW LIFE
    MY FRIEND IS IN THE REALITY SHOW BUSINESS I NEED TO FIND THIS WOMEN SHE IS A SONG WRITER IF ANYBODY KNOWS HER PLS LET HER REPLY TO THIS POST
    WOULD LOVE HER TO EXPOSE THIS LOW LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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