UNIVERSITY PARK (CBSDFW.COM) – Highland Park High School’s star basketball player didn’t suit up Tuesday night. In fact, the senior guard didn’t even sit on the bench.
“I was sitting there wishing I was out there and I could help them,” recalled David Allen.
Allen cheered on his teamates from the stands in Prosper as they faced Carrollton Newman Smith in the playoffs.
The 18-year-old was suspended from play after being arrested for driving while intoxicated. Allen, who averages 23 points a game, told his team before tip off that he let them down.
“I talked to them all. I had to apologize to them first and tell them I’m sorry,” explained Allen. Then I had to get them pumped up and ready to go,” he added.
Allen was arrested this past Saturday night in University Park after police say he hit a parked car and then drove away. According to the arrest record, Allen registered a .11 on a breathalyzer. The legal limit in Texas is .08.
David’s father says he had a long talk with his son and says that the past few days have been difficult. “He’s just dying. He’s just dying, Mike Allen repeated. “He made a mistake. He’s 18,” added David’s father.
The Allen family says there are no plans to fight the suspension and that David will remain off the court for as long as the district mandates.
David says he plans to go to college, but where and when now depends on the outcome of his DWI charge.
Highland Park went on to win the game to advance in the playoffs.