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Kevin Ware cited for reckless driving, fails to show for court date

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Kevin Ware has become a folk hero for Louisville, but today's news isn't positive. (USATSI)
Kevin Ware has become a folk hero for Louisville, but Monday's news isn't positive. (USATSI)

Louisville guard Kevin Ware was pulled over for speeding on Oct. 26, and in the wake of that citation, failed to show up for his court date on Monday. The information was confirmed to CBSSports.com Monday afternoon by a court clerk in Barren County, Ky. Ware was charged with reckless driving and speeding 26 miles per hour or greater over the speed limit while in a work zone.

The story was first reported by Louisville's WHAS11.

Ware was pulled over in a black 2013 Dodge Challenger at 11:04 p.m. on Oct. 26 and cited for speeding along the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway, Interstate 65 in Kentucky. The police report (below) states he was driving 95 miles per hour in a 45 MPH zone. Ware "politely said there was not" a reason for his speedy driving when asked by State Police why he was speeding, according to the report.

WHAS approached Cardinals coach Rick Pitino with this information Monday. Here's what Pitino said on that matter.

"I was not aware and that is his business. That has nothing to do with basketball. Parking tickets, speeding tickets, I don't encourage getting either one and I'll talk to him about it. It's the first of my knowledge of it. Why he missed the date I have no idea. I'm not concerned. I'm concerned about ... obviously, I don't want anybody speeding, I don't want anybody getting parking tickets, I don't want anyone losing their lunch pass. I'm sure you're concerned about it, I'm not. He shouldn't be speeding, first of all, but that's something he has to address and if he gets his license suspended, he's going to do a lot of walking."

Ware made his regular season for the Cardinals on Friday night, playing 13 minutes and scoring five points off the bench. Previously, Pitino stated a slight limp in Ware's gait prevented him from seeing the floor, and expected Ware to sit for another two weeks before returning the floor.

A Barren County Court clerk said Monday evening that Ware's "attorney has contacted the District Judge's office and rescheduled Mr Ware's court date to Monday, Nov. 25 at 8:30 a.m. No disposition was made in his case today."

Here is the police report on Ware's speeding incident.

Kevin Ware speeding citation

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