Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was arrested on a driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) charge.
According to a report from the Georgia State Patrol, Budenholzer was pulled over in Atlanta for not having working taillights.
Trooper J. Nelms said Budenholzer had bloodshot and watery eyes ”and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.”The officer requested a breathalyzer, but Budenholzer reportedly agreed to a field sobriety test. He told Nelms he had only one glass of wine and that he finished the glass before being pulled over.
Zach Klein of WSB-TV in Atlanta tweeted the Hawks’ statement on Budenholzer’s arrest and his mugshot.
Budenholzer issued an apology statement released by his lawyer, Michael Hawkins.
”I take my role as a leader very seriously and hold myself to a high standard,” Budenholzer said. ”I apologize to the fans and to the Hawks organization for any negative attention this incident has brought upon my family and the organization while the legal process evolves and I contest these misdemeanor charges.”
Budenholzer was released from jail on $1,524 bail, entered a not guilty plea at Atlanta Municipal Court, according to Hawkins.