Atlanta Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer and Attorney Issue Statements Following DUI Arrest


Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer and his attorney have both issued statements today following Budenholzer’s DUI arrest last night, reports Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

From Budenholzer’s attorney Michael Hawkins:

“Last night, Atlanta Hawks head basketball coach Michael Budenholzer was stopped by a Georgia State Patrol DUI Task Force officer for a broken taillight. He was stopped solely for an equipment violation and committed no traffic offenses. The trooper demanded that he submit to a breathalyzer, and when Coach Budenholzer asked to consult with an attorney first, he was immediately arrested and charged with DUI.

While at the jail, after consulting with an attorney by telephone, he immediately volunteered to take both a breathalyzer and also requested that a blood alcohol test be performed. His request for testing was refused. 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.

From head coach Mike Budenholzer:

“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.”

The first-time head coach has no prior criminal record and entered a plea of Not Guilty to all charges this morning in the Atlanta Municipal Court, reports Vivlamore.

If Budenholzer is found guilty, he would likely face a suspension of type from the NBA.

Zach Klein of WSB tweeted out a statement from Hawks GM Danny Ferry following the news early this morning:

“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.”

Klein also provided us Budenholzer’s mugshot:

According to the incident report obtained from the Georgia State Patrol, Budenholzer was pulled over at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night on 10th Street at Crescent Avenue because the tail lights to his silver Audi A8 were not on.

According to the report, Trooper J. Nelms said “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.”

“I asked Mr. Budenholzer how much alcohol he had and he advised that he had one glass of wine to drink prior to driving,” Nelms said.

“I requested a breath test and Mr. Budenholzer refused the breath test by giving a verbal ‘No’,” Nelms said.

After giving Budenholzer a field sobriety test, Nelms placed the new Hawks coach under arrest.

An Atlanta City Jail spokesperson later said that Budenholzer had been released on bond for $1,524 at 3:45 a.m.

Budenholzer, a first-time head coach who spent the previous 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs (17 as an assistant to skipper Gregg Popovich), was hired by the Hawks in May.

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