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Report: New Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer arrested, charged with DUI

Aug 29, 2013, 9:04 AM EDT

Mike Budenholzer, hired by the Hawks three months ago, has just made a terrible early impression in Atlanta.

Mike Morris of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

A trooper stopped Budenholzer for having no tail lights, according to the State Patrol. The trooper detected an odor of alcohol, administered a field sobriety test, then placed Budenholzer under arrest.

Budenholzer refused a breath test, a State Patrol spokesman said.

A spokesman for the Atlanta City Jail told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Budenholzer, 44, was charged with DUI and a tail light violation, and was released on $1,524 bond at 3:45 a.m. Thursday.

It’s expected Nets coach Jason Kidd will be suspended two games for his DWI, and Budenholzer will likely receive the same punishment. As he should. There’s no excuse for Budenholzer to endanger others on the road.

Budenholzer came to the Hawks after being an assistant in San Antonio, where Spurs general manager R.C. Buford was arrested for DUI in 2011. I’m not one to rush to assign blame to an organization – Budenholzer’s issues are his issues, and Buford’s issues are his issues – but if you’re the type to judge athletes for being collectively out of control after a couple legal incidents, it’s only fair to examine the Spurs organization and question whether its culture tolerates drinking and driving.

Unfortunately, how this incident fits the narrative of Budenholzer’s tenure with the Hawks will probably be retroactively determined. If he wins, he overcame early personal challenges. If he loses, he just never had it together.

  1. thatstinks - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    The article I read used the term ” multiple substances ” associated with his DUI . That sounds like a term that could get you fired . He really doesn’t look like a multiple substances kind of guy .

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      That version of the article was retracted. We checked and this was a DUI according to Atlanta PD, nothing else.

  2. reesesteel23 - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:42 AM


  3. boltsup - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Them DUI’s are flying like hotcakes… Even I got one last year smh

    • mustangs2 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      They are easily avoidable and I hope you learned your lesson

      • shanelsweet - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Saying it’s easy belittles anyone who’s making the effort to avoid them. It’s not easy. It takes a lot of planning and willpower. The easy thing to do is drink and drive and hope not to get caught.

      • dondada10 - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        The easy thing is to drink and drive? Come on, buddy…

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        He’s saying it’s easier to drink and then drive than exercise restraint and common sense and not drive after drinking.

      • kb2408 - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        @shanelsweet…give me a break! Don’t make an effort to avoid them, AVOID THEM! It’s call being responsible. If one can afford to go out boozing one can afford cab fare!

      • 3xchamps - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        They are easily avoidable. Just dont drink! I dont feel sorry for anybody who gets a dui and loses ther job or whatever happens to them. All I know is when a drunk driver has an accident, they always survive and whoever they collide with dies.

  4. multiplemiggs - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    What a joke basketball is

  5. azarkhan - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    “…it’s only fair to examine the Spurs organization…”

    Excuse me, he’s now an Atlanta Hawk. This has nothing to do with the Spurs.

  6. wvuandsteelers - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    As a Hawks fan (yes, we do exist), I’m extremely disappointed.

    • skinsfanwill - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      In high heels waiting after the game to see if you can bag a player? Or are you a real fan?

      • wvuandsteelers - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        LOL. Definitely not in high heels waiting to bag a player. Been a fan since the Dominique Wilkins days.

    • saint1997 - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Coach Bud-light

  7. bruiserbrigade - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Wow. The coaching version of Michael Beasley. Glad my Phoenix Suns stayed away from this guy. What a disaster for Atlanta.

    • kb2408 - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      Mike B. does not drink and drive! Smoke and drive? Yes.

  8. gryndyoyster - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    That what you get when you hire someone from Holbrook!

  9. abchome - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Didn’t know he’s only 44, looks well over 50 to me. Drinking must have taken its toll.

  10. lakerslegacy2432 - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    what a great hire by the great DANNY FERRY!!! SARCASTIC

  11. fahmundamahbalsaq - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Don’t drink and drink! You might spill your drink. Duh!

  12. Eric Fay - Aug 31, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    why does everyone with money still drink and drive? I’d have someone drive my ass EVERYWHERE!

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