New Atlanta Hawks Coach Arrested for DUI
Mike Budenholzer was the once coveted assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, but he finally decided to become a head coach for a NBA team this summer. Unfortunately, for Budenholzer, his first chapter as the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks has begun on a rocky start.
Wednesday evening at 10:30pm, Budenholzer was pulled over for driving with broken taillights. After the State Trooper pulled Budenholzer over, he smelled some alcohol from his breath. Budenholzer refused to take a breathalizer test and was subsequently arrested and released with a bond of $1,524.
Budenholzer’s attorney claims that, "Immediately upon his release on bond, Coach Budenholzer went directly to Piedmont Hospital where his blood was tested at the earliest opportunity, albeit several hours after his arrest. The official report from the hospital blood test revealed that his blood alcohol concentration was less than .01, well below the legal limit of .08."
His attorney also read a statement that was released by Budenholzer that said, “I take my role as a leader very seriously and hold myself to a high standard. 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.”
Bud has had a stellar reputation throughout his time in the NBA, but now that he is a head coach, the spotlight and scrutiny will be on him much more than it was when he was an assistant coach; whether he was innocent or guilty.