ESPN suspended former pro and college hoops star Jalen Rose from broadcast duty for failing to let the network know about a recent drunken driving arrest before a competitor prepared a story about it.

Rose failed a blood-alcohol test after crashing his truck on an icy road in Bloomfield, Mich. on March 11. But he didn’t tell ESPN management about the incident until after a Detroit TV news station had contacted ESPN about Rose’s DUI incident while preparing to break the news on March 29.

“Jalen has accepted full responsibility for his actions. Both parties are taking this very seriously, and as a result, we’ve agreed that he will not be on our air while he addresses this situation,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said in an e-mail to USA Today.

The suspension came after a Poynter Institute Review Project Blog on March 31 cited Rose for allowing a competitor to tell the story of Rose’s arrest ahead of ESPN. The Poynter Review Project through a partnership between ESPN and The Poynter Institute offers independent examination and analysis of ESPN’s media outlets.

“Rose’s concealment compromises ESPN,” Poynter’s Kelly McBride and Regina McCombs said in the blog published on ESPN’s Web site. They added that Rose’s actions might also give the impression that ESPN may have known about the incident, but tried to cover it up.

Rose’s failure to disclose the charge could also create the perception that ESPN is willing to report on the failings of current athletes, but not those of its own staff, the blog stated.

Laurie Orlando, ESPN’s senior vice president for talent development, told McBride and McCombs that on-air personalities are strongly encouraged to inform the network of any legal troubles, although they aren’t required to do so under the terms of their contracts.

“We’ve been pretty clear since last year when we had a pretty long meeting with all the talent,” Orlando said according to the Poynter report. “We said to them, ‘we need you to disclose your situations.’ I know Jalen was here in house for those conversations.”

The 38-year-old former NBA and college basketball star apologized in a March 31 statement explaining what happened nearly three weeks earlier.

“On March 11th, I was driving to my home when I was involved in a single-vehicle automobile accident,” Rose wrote. “I voluntarily submitted to blood alcohol screening because I was confident it was safe for me to drive. Although I was not feeling impaired, the results of these tests indicate that my blood alcohol level was above the legal limit.”

“I regret the decision to drive home that evening and am grateful that no one was hurt in the accident,” his statement continued. “I apologize to my family, my employer and each and every one of my supporters for my lapse in judgment. I am particularly sorry for disappointing those who trust me to serve as a role model for young people. I accept full responsibility for my actions and look forward to a resolution of the legal matter as soon as possible.”

Rose’s characterization in an ESPN documentary of Duke University Black basketball players as “Uncle Toms” stirred a controversy following ESPN’s broadcast of “The Fab Five,” which highlighted Michigan basketball’s star-studded freshman class of 1991. Rose was executive-producer of the documentary.