Former NFL Quarterback Kordell Stewart Admits in Court to Distracted Driving
Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart confessed Tuesday to distracted driving when he pleaded guilty in a Georgia courthouse to speeding and driving with a suspended license earlier this year. It was on May 11 that he was stopped by Alpharetta, GA, police for driving his Range Rover at 61 mph in a 40-mph zone.
At that time, police found that his driver’s license had been suspended as of July 15, 2010, and he was wanted for failing to appear in Conyers court for a tinted-window violation. Police took Stewart, who is an ESPN analyst, into custody, and later released him on a $3,000 bond.
Stewart, who attended the University of Colorado, where he was one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the school’s history, said he was thinking about other things the day that he was caught speeding, like arrangements for his upcoming wedding. On May 21, he married 29-year-old Porsha Williams, the granddaughter of civil rights activist and philanthropist Hosea Williams.
According to David Ibata’s article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
‘I was going to play golf with my buddy…I was on the phone taking care of some stuff at my house. (I) literally wasn’t paying attention,’ Stewart said Tuesday in Alpharetta Municipal Court.
‘It was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life because it was something that caught me completely off guard,’ said Stewart, 38, who lives in Atlanta. The former Steeler also played in Chicago and Baltimore before turning to broadcasting.
Stewart’s attorney Michael LaScala arranged for him to plead guilty to a lesser speeding charge that will not go on his record, and to driving with an expired rather than suspended license, because his license was reinstated. Stewart will have to complete a six-week defensive driving course. LaScala said Stewart has paid the tinted window fine in Conyers.
‘I had a hiccup, a slipup, like we all do sometimes,’ Stewart told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik outside the Alpharetta Municipal Court. ‘Got caught, so now I’ve got to pay my fine and take care of it and move forward.’