Atlanta Hawks Head Coach Arrested For DUI

    August 29, 2013
    Matt Spencer
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When the Atlanta Hawks hired former San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer as their head coach back in May they must have has something a little different in mind.

Budenholzer was pulled over by a Georgie State Patrol trooper for not having tail lights. Upon confronting Budenholzer the officer claims to have smelled alcohol and administered a field sobriety test. Budenholzer, who refused to take a breathalyzer test, was arrested for DUI shortly afterward and taken an Atlanta jail.

Even worse for the Hawks is that Budenholzer was also said to have been in possession of illegal substances, although just what those were has not been released. While a DUI looks bad, it looks worse when it becomes driving under the influence of alcohol AND illegal drugs. The coach was released around 3:45 a.m. on a $1,524 bond.

It’s not unheard of for a player to be tagged with a violation such as this, but a coach is virtually unheard of. There was a lot of buzz around Budenholzer’s arrival in Atlanta and fans saw him as the answer to taking their franchise to the next level. However, these charges could bring those aspirations to a violent halt. Not only will Budenholzer face disciplinary action from the NBA, but it is completely feasible that he could be fired by the Hawks. The coach may have already blown this huge opportunity, and he would have no one to blame but himself.

[Image via the Atlanta Hawks YouTube channel]
  • Reality

    Heck, most people in Georgia are in trouble for something. One in every thirteen people are in jail, on parole, or on probation. 1 in every 13. (Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution)

    Georgia arrests to make money for the state. The largest employer is the Department of Corrections and they run 23 labor plants. The amount of money they collect on fines, fees, and restitution is obscene.

  • http://www.dmv.com/ Anjo Bacal

    I feel sorry for him not because he got arrested, but, because of the idea that people of his caliber are not allowed to commit DUI otherwise the consequences are fatal to their career.