It's not uncommon here in Alabama to read of a sports hero or other well-known personality arrested for a drunk driving or drug-related DUI offense. Alcohol and drug abuse is so prevalent within the sports and entertainment worlds that few people are shocked these days to hear about an intoxicated NBA, MLB or NFL player picked up for driving under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs.
Maybe it's because young athletes become so easily caught up in their fame and are not mature enough to realize the harm they do to their sport and the fans that adore them. I won't even attempt to explain the motivations of media stars and other performers and entertainers. But while young sports figures have much to learn, I find it sad when I read of those dedicated to nurturing young competitors who have been less than discrete.
Take the May drunk driving arrest of Thomas J. Rosandich, vice president of United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama. As a Birmingham DUI defense attorney, I understand the consequences that a drunk driving arrest, much less a conviction, would do to the career of an individual such as Mr. Rosandich. Not to mention the affect this could have on his family and their organization.
According to news reports, Mr. Rosandich is in charge of the school's administrative and financial functions, and also chairs its technology committee and is responsible for international programs. The son of the Daphne-based university's founder, Rosandich was stopped by an Alabama state trooper on May 16 after he allegedly failed to halt at a stop sign on Baldwin County 32. He reportedly refused a breathalyzer test and ended up spending an evening in the Baldwin County Jail prior to being released on $1,000 cash bail. His case is scheduled to be heard on September 28.
United States Sports Academy vice president charged with DUI, AL.com, July 13, 2009