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Kentucky players Stacey Poole and Terrence Jones were involved in a car accident at about 2:30 a.m. Friday, but the specifics of the aftermath of the crash remain unclear.
Lex18, the NBC affiliate in Lexington, reports that police initially said Poole was the only passenger in an SUV driven by Larry Warren, a Kentucky student and Jones’ former high school teammate at Portland (Ore.) Jefferson.
According to police, a car driven by an alleged drunk driver crossed into the wrong lane of East High Street near the Euclid Avenue intersection and crashed into that SUV, where it was pushed into a parked car.
“They hit me on the passenger side, Terrence Jones was sitting in the front seat and Stacey was sitting in the backseat on the same side,” Warren told NationofBlue.com.
“We got out of the car and I checked on Terrence and Stacey and a pedestrian checked on the other driver.”
Poole and Warren were both taken to Kentucky Hospital with minor injuries.
Police arrested Scott. M. Roseberry, 22, and charged him with DUI and an insurance violation.
Calipari posted on his website that Jones, Kentucky’s top player and a likely future first-round NBA Draft pick, left the scene of the accident fearing a confrontation with Roseberry.
“In fear of an altercation with the driver of the oncoming vehicle, Jones left the scene but was later questioned by police,” Calipari wrote.
While Calipari wrote that “No evidence of drugs or alcohol was found” associated with the victims, Lex18 says differently.
Their Website sites “sources” saying “Jones was found at a location along Alexandria Drive and was “slightly under the influence with alcohol.” The report says the sources said Jones left the scene, “hoping that Coach Calipari would not find out.”
Warren told Nation of Blue none of them were drinking.
“We weren’t under the influence under anything, we came from working out to watch a concert and then we were on our way home and a car accident changed everything,” he told the site.
As far as Jones’ leaving the scene, Warren said: “At the time I thought it was the best decision to stay out of the media, but we still planned on taking Terrence to the hospital and I know that he didn’t think he was breaking any laws by leaving the accident.”
Kentucky officials had no comment on whether Jones was drinking. Only a driver can be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, the Lexington police told Lex18.
Calipari said the team will institute a curfew in the future.
“Our players did not break any rules by being out last night. As of yesterday, this team did not have a curfew and our normal procedure is to begin the season without one,” Calipari wrote. “I usually let the actions of my team determine a curfew. However, because of the actions of a select few, this team has showed me an inability to make proper judgment and decisions that they’ve been given the freedom to make. Therefore, going forward, this team will now have a curfew for the rest of the season. I will inform the team of a time later today.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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