Atlanta Hawks General Manager/President of Basketball Operations Danny Ferry has issued another statement in regards to head coach Mike Budenholzer’s DUI arrest that occurred Wednesday night in Midtown Atlanta.
We take this matter seriously and have been in constant communication with Coach Budenholzer throughout this situation. We support him during this legal process and will let that take its course.
Ferry and the Hawks organization released this initial statement early Thursday 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.
Budenholzer and his attorney, Michael Hawkins, have already issued statements about last night’s DUI arrest.
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. Thursday morning.
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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