Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer charged with DUI
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
New Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was arrested and charged with driving under the influence late Wednesday night.
Budenholzer was stopped in Atlanta around 10:30 p.m. ET because the taillights on his Audi A8 were not on, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety incident report.
“As I spoke with him I noticed that he had bloodshot and watery eyes and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath,” Georgia state trooper Johnathon Nelms wrote in the report.
Budenholzer refused a breath test and took three of the four field tests that Nelms requested. Budenholzer told the officer he had one glass of wine prior to driving and finished drinking about 15 minutes before he was stopped, according to the report.
“Bud made us aware of the situation last night,” Hawks president of basketball operation Danny Ferry said in a statement. “We are in the process of gathering more information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”
The Hawks hired Budenholzer, a longtime San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, in May.
New Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in July, stemming from a July, 2012 incident while he was playing for the New York Knicks.