[Update: Had Drugs Too] Hawks New Head Coach Arrested On DUI
After 19 seasons with the Spurs, Mike Budenholzer was hired as the new head coach for the Atlanta Hawks, and even before he’s coached a game has made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Budenholzer was arrested for a D.U.I. on Wednesday night when a Georgia State Patrol pulled over his car after seeing that the tail lights were out. The officer said the Hawks coach appeared inebriated, and was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. He then refused to take a breathalyser.
Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol overnight and charged with driving under the influence.
A trooper stopped Budenholzer about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on 10th Street at Crescent Avenue in Midtown because the Audi A8 he was driving didn’t have the tail lights on
Hawks GM, Danny Ferry, released a brief statement saying the team was contacted by Budenholzer last night.
“Bud made us aware of the situation last night. We are in the process of gathering more information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”
[UPDATE: Budenholzer Also Arrested For Drugs]
Turns out, Budenholzer was also arrested for drugs, and the DUI reads "Multiple Substances." From MyFOXAtlanta,
In total, Budenholzer faces the following six charges:
D.U.I./ALCOHOL (40-6-391.A1)D.U.I./DRUGS (40-6-391.A2)TAILLIGHTS INSTALLED ON VEHDUI - MULTIPLE SUBSTANCES-MISD (40-6-391.A4)D.U.I./ALCOHOL & DRUGS (40-6-391.A3)D.U.I. PERSON CONCENTRATION (40-6-391(A)5)
Before jumping to heavy conclusions, "Drugs" could mean marijuana, and doesn't necessarily mean the Hawks coach was, pardon the pun, "Flying High." Regardless, this is a horrible situation for him - which he caused himself - and will be interesting to see how the Hawks' front office reacts.