‘Tis the season for athletes to find themselves on the wrong side of the law, or so it appears. First it was Tiger Woods, and now it’s Derek Fisher, the former Los Angeles Laker and ex-New York Knicks head coach who was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of drunken driving.
The dangerous incident took place just after 3:00 am on the westbound 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks, California. Fisher and his lone passenger, former “Basketball Wives” reality star Gloria Govan,” were making their way home in his 2015 Cadillac when his vehicle suddenly veered into the right shoulder.
Instead of pulling back onto the road, Fisher apparently allowed his car to veer all the way into a raised concrete curb and guardrail, launching his car back onto the highway and causing it to overturn. It came to rest on its roof. Fisher and Govan were eventually helped out of the vehicle and neither reported any injuries.
Once the California Highway Patrol began investigating, they determined that Fisher had been drinking, so they promptly arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol without incident. Authorities are asking any witnesses of the crash to phone in anonymous tip to help their investigation.
Fisher was the head coach of the Knicks from 2014 to 2016 and was an NBA player for 18 years, most of which he spent with the Lakers. He was credited for being one of the standout players who led the team to five NBA championships.
Fisher and Govan have reportedly been dating since October 2015, when Fisher and her ex-husband, former UCLA Bruin forward Matt Barnes, got into a physical altercation at Govan’s home in Tarzana. GOvan and Barnes divorced the following year.