Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has found himself in hot water after being arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. According to the Georgia State Patrol, Trooper J. Nelms got pulled over at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in Atlanta for not having working taillights. The trooper noticed that Budenholzer had an extremely strong odor of an alcoholic coming from his breath and eyes that were bloodshot red. Budenholzer did not want to take a breathalyzer but agreed to take a field sobriety test.
The coach told the officer that he only had one drink that night, which was a glass of wine he finished 15 minutes before being pulled over.
Budenholzer issued an apology in a statement released by his attorney, 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, who was released from jail on $1,524 bond, entered a not guilty plea at Atlanta Municipal Court on Thursday, according to Hawkins.