Kyle Long, son of Howie, busted for DWI, leaves college
Kyle Long, former St. Anne's-Belfield baseball and football standout, and 20-year-old son of Pro Football Hall of Famer and Ivy resident Howie Long, was arrested in the early hours of Sunday, January 4 and charged with driving while intoxicated by University of Virginia Police.
"He made a dumb mistake," says father Howie, "and he's learning from it."
According to a police report, an officer pulled over the Major League pitching prospect and Florida State University student at 2:01am driving the wrong way on 12 1/2 Street near the Corner district. After detecting alcohol on Long's breath, the officer administered a field sobriety test, which Long failed. After declining a Breathalyzer at the scene, Long eventually took the test at the police station, where his blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.10, a level at the legal threshold a decade ago but now .02 past the legal limit.
An irony is that Kyle had allegedly gotten into his Chevy Tahoe in order to avoid doing something illegal.
"He was moving his truck from a tow-away zone to a parking space," says Howie, "but he still shouldn't have done that."
Long was to be a rising star for the Florida State Seminoles' baseball team, but Thursday, January 8 the team announced that the freshman was leaving FSU. The reason cited, however, was Long's grades.
"After falling behind academically," the statement reads, "Kyle and his family have decided that it is in his best interest at this time to be closer to home while he tries to get back on track academically."
According to Howie, Kyle's arrest and his decision to leave Florida State are unrelated.
"We had already made that decision before this," says Long. "We decided he could do better academically if he were closer to home."
Long was a two-sport star at St. Anne's, playing offensive tackle for the Saints football team and pitching for the baseball team. Long shocked many in the collegiate sports media when he opted not to follow in his father and brother Chris' onto the college gridiron, despite the fact that he was courted by some of the top programs in the country.
At STAB, Long dominated both the mound and the plate, packing an over-90mph fastball while putting up a batting average of .500–- and winning the attention both of college and professional recruiters. The Chicago White Sox drafted Long in the 23rd round of this year's Amateur Draft, but Long opted to attend college to play baseball instead.
No word yet on which school Long will choose next, but since the statement notes that his family wishes him to be "closer to home," the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech, each of which recruited Long heavily, seem like possibilities. Father Howie says his son has yet to make a decision about where he will enroll next.
Long is due in Charlottesville General District Court on Thursday, February 19 at 10:30am.
In all, Howie hopes that this will be a positive experience for his son.
"We're doing what any family would do," he says, "love your kids, and help them to learn from their mistakes."
–last updated January 9, 10:00am. The original post stated it had been Charlottesville police who made the arrest.