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Carmelo Anthony Arrested for DWI

'Melo got crunk, then drove. Bad decision my friend.
Unfortunate news out of the NBA today. It was reported by the AP and ESPN.com that Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets, and member of the Syracuse Orangemen National Championship team in 2003, was arrested in Denver on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, better known as a D.W.I. ‘Melo was driving on Interstate 25 in Denver at 4:00am Mountain Time today and was stopped for failing to drive in a single lane and failing to dim lights. He was reportedly given a Breathalyzer test at the scene. He was released on a bond and is scheduled to appear back in court May 14th.

The good news is there was no accident and no one was hurt. The bad news is that an arrest on your record is never good, and with his lawyer already issuing an apology letter on his client’s behalf, it looks like he probably did it. Also this is a huge distraction for his team looking to squeak in the conference’s last playoff spot. Of course Anthony is innocent until proven guilty, but it just does not look good.

When this news broke this afternoon I had several friends, some Syracuse alumni, but most just friends of mine who saw the news, wonder what I thought. Really, Carmelo Anthony got me a NCAA Championship while I was in school. For that, he would have to kill a guy for me to not stick with him. Honestly, while it is still a big deal, there were hundreds of people arrested for DUI or DWI this weekend, but because ‘Melo is in the NBA, this got mega press. If he was just John Citizen, this would matter little in the grand scheme, especially since no one was injured or killed. I would be a hypocrite if I did not say that this was absolutely unacceptable and if he pleads or is found guilty, he should be held responsible for his actions. It is just an unfortunate incident that happened at an inopportune time for the young man. Many people are right; not many good things happen after midnight.

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