Former basketball standout turns life around after OWI arrests

Too much partying and alcohol proved to be a life altering experience for former Michigan basketball standout Kevin Gaines. More than ten years ago, the 6-foot-4 guard was a five-star recruit and elite point guard prospect for the class of 1999, but several drunk driving arrests, derailed his future.As a freshman at Michigan, Gaines averaged 11.7 points and 4.8 assists playing 32 minutes a game before he was dismissed from the team for drunk driving. He received a second chance at another school, but also squandered away that chance.Many college students don't fully comprehend their actions. Some students are away from home for the first time and there are too many temptations that can derail their future. Gaines is hoping that his story and his turnaround will be a lesson for teens that get behind the wheel after a night of partying.After his multiple arrests, Gaines gave up basketball, gained weight and continued to drink and party. His basketball career was over until recently when he decided to make a change in his life and re-establish his basketball legacy.He gave up drinking and started to live a clean life. He lost the weight and started playing basketball again and is playing for a professional basketball league in Australia. This is a major accomplishment for this man and far from the hard times that he fell on.Gaines sees the bigger picture of his life now and knows it's more than basketball. He is a father of three and is working to change his legacy. He doesn't want to be remembered only for his OWI arrest in Michigan and his failed college career.Not everyone who has been arrested for OWI takes such a downward spin, but being charged with OWI can cause serious consequences. If convicted of OWI in Michigan, you could face jail time, probation, large fines, community service, and/or a conviction on your record for the rest of your life. Along with these penalties you could have your license restricted, suspended or revoked. Every situation is unique and only an experienced attorney can help you figure out the best defense for your case.Source: Las Vegas Sun, "Kevin Gaines turning life around, getting one last chance in basketball journey," Ray Brewer, April 9, 2012
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