Just a couple of weeks ago, we informed you how the New York Knicks hired Spero Dedes to be their new radio play-by-play man (and television play-by-play man when Mike Breen has to call games for ABC or ESPN). Well, Dedes is already making news in New York, but not for the right reasons.
Early Sunday night in Southampton, Dedes was charged with DWI:
Spero Dedes, 32, of East Elmhurst, Queens, was stopped by Southampton Town police Sunday at 4:12 a.m. on the corner of Tuckahoe Road and Country Road 39 for speeding, according to the arrest report. Police said they then found that Dedes, driving a 2006 BMW, was intoxicated and charged him with DWI.
Source: Southampton Patch
So, the Knicks might be rethinking their decision to hire Dedes, and the Los Angeles Lakers surely feel a little bit better about him rejecting their television play-by-play offer, after he had served as the team's radio play-by-play man from 2005-2011.
Dedes replaced Mike Crispino as the Knicks' play-by-play announcer, but Knicks' fans will certainly view it more as him replacing the extremely popular Gus Johnson, who held the job from 1997 until Crispino took over in October of 2010. So, effectively replacing Gus was going to be tough enough for Dedes, and getting a DWI before even calling a game isn't exactly the way to win the Knicks' fans over.
Dedes also does some play-by-play for NFL and NCAA Tournament games on CBS.