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Austin Freeman busted for drunk driving

Posted on: July 6, 2011 6:07 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 6:28 pm
By Matt Norlander

Austin Freeman didn't handle not being drafted all that well.

According to the Washington Times, less than 48 hours after the NBA Draft, Freeman was ticketed for a DUI, along with six other traffic-related offenses.

The scene depicted isn't pretty -- as most traffic stops after 4 a.m. tend to be less than flattering or incident-free.

According to Hyattsville District Court records, Freeman was pulled over June 25 at 4:08 a.m. in Prince George’s County by the Maryland State Police.

He was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol, used when a driver’s blood alcohol level is .08 percent or higher, and driving while impaired.

Freeman was traveling 71 mph in a 55-mph zone, the records said. Other offenses included reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to obey a traffic control device and not displaying the vehicle registration card when asked by the officer.

It's haphazard and dangerous, of course. I only wish this information was shocking. Unfortunately, I heard through a number of people in recent years that Freeman was a well-known partygoer at Georgetown who liked to drink in excess. I witnessed it first-hand the Friday night of Final Four weekend in Houston this past spring, when Freeman and a few other players showed up at a bar (all were of legal age) and certainly wasted no time imbibing. That kind of behavior is particularly jeopardous for Freeman, a person who lives with diabetes.

Freeman was critical to Georgetown for the past four seasons. He put up 17.6 points per game in 2010-11 and was the leader of John Thompson III's team. Without him, the Hoyas wouldn't have been anywhere near the Big East contender they'd turned into the past three seasons. Now out of college and searching for a job in hoops somewhere, Freeman best get his act together soon if he wants to get a contract somewhere overseas.

The harshest punishment Freeman faces is a year in jail, a $1,000 fine and 45 days without a license. His court date has yet to be determined, and no statement from Freeman or his agent, Joel Bell, has been made.

Photo: AP

Category: NCAAB

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2011 11:25 am

Austin Freeman busted for drunk driving

Alcochol is a deceptively addictive and understatedly destructive drug.

Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: July 7, 2011 3:29 pm

Austin Freeman busted for drunk driving

I want to state up front that I was not there and have no inside knowledge of what transpired after he was pulled over. However, from personal experience it sounds like he gave the police officer a hard time. Rarely will officers pile other charges on a DUI( that's bad  enough) but to add reckless driving(which is only a small step down from DUI)  and the other charges are sending a message. It sounds like this officer was so mad he charged him with everything he could think of.

Having said all of this, if I were in his situation, not being drafted, I would of gotten wasted that night as well, but then taken a cab. 

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:44 pm

Austin Freeman busted for drunk driving

reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to obey a traffic control device
Double jeopardy say what? also, failure to obey a traffic control device? I think they are making stuff up now. Gotta love the criminals in charge in PG county!

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2011 9:59 am

Austin Freeman busted for drunk driving

I hope the kid gets himself together and gets past this; use it as a learning tool and hopefully he'll be alright

Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: July 7, 2011 9:39 am

Austin Freeman busted for drunk driving

All of you "I cant stand it that people were better than me in sports" guys kill me.  You dont know a THING about this guy and you have this grand commentary about how he makes his decisions in life.  He absolutely, should not have been endangering other individuals lives by being drunk and driving. But all of this other crap about "Baller" "Make it rain" Diamond earrings" "Spinners" etc... is all a bunch of stereotypical garbage that idiots like you would love to perpetuate on every young African American athlete who makes the same mistakes that 22 yr old EVERYDAY, EVERY RACE men make EVERYDAY!!  He just so happens to be a basketball player with a public name and that is why you heard this story. Are you making the same commentary about the 22 yr. old kid who got busted driving drunk in your community paper this morning?  Was it bling-bling and hip hop that made them drive drunk? 

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2011 8:34 am

Austin Freeman busted for drunk driving

Wow, there's a surprise. Guess having reality hit you square in the face at twenty-two is tough to deal with. Aren't all the kids who shunned education and traditional American culture supposed to end up with tens of millions playing basketball? Isn't that the pipe dream that ALL of these kids chase? Don't need no stinking education. Don't need to go to school. Don't need "the man". I'm my own man, a grown man, and a "baller". I'm going to make it rain. Normal society can kiss my rear. Represent. Bling. Diamond earrings, four Ferraris, three Bentleys with chrome spinners and grown men, a 25,000 sq. ft. home, and an entourage.  I'll have all the women, retire by the age of thirty, and be set for life. I win. In your face, establishment. Ooooops. No NBA. Say what? It's a bit late to go back to childhood and regroup. Doesn't work that way. You put nothing in, you take nothing out. Hope Freeman completed his degree at Georgetown, and it is in something other than faily recreation. He's going to need it. He could apply to ITT Tech, Strayer University, or seek vocational training that would enable him to scratch out a living. It ain't happening. We all know where this story is destined to go, and the inevitable end. Professional sports has not benefitted inner city youth, it has destroyed it. Kids have a better chance of hitting the lottery than making it in sports. Nearly all learn the truth at twenty-two, and are faced with bitter disappointment, disenchantment and despair. Hip hop culture. Should have taken the traditional route Freeman. You had the chance. You had a free education at Georgetown University handed to you. What did you do with it?

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