UAFS Men’s Basketball Coach Resigns After DUI Arrest

FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The former University of Arkansas Fort Smith men's basketball coach, Justin Bailey, resigned after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Bailey was placed on administrative paid leave earlier this year after his arrest on Dec. 30, 2018.

Documents released by the university through a Freedom of Information Act request show Bailey was on a trip of official business with the university and driving a rental car at the time of the arrest.

A letter of termination from UAFS was sent to Bailey on Feb. 8, and it included notice that he had the right to appeal his termination.

Instead, Bailey resigned from his position on Feb. 13 after the letter was sent. In his resignation letter, Bailey stated that he wished the university well.

"Due to personal reasons, I hereby resign my position of head coach, Men's Basketball. I have enjoyed my time at the University and wish this institution all the best," Bailey said in his resignation letter.

Because he resigned instead of being fired, Baily is eligible for re-hire by the university.

Through a text message to a staff member of UAFS, Bailey apologized.

"Again, I am sincerely sorry about all of this. I feel terrible for putting you in this position. It's a lesson learned for me. I honestly thought I was fine, felt fine and didn't know it could stay in my system that long with the medicine taking it over the top. I appreciate your support though, means a lot. I love this place, love working for you and want to make sure this program, university and YOU are represented in the best possible way," Bailey said in the text message.

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