Atlanta Hawks New Head Coach Arrested For DUI

Atlanta Hawks New Head Coach Arrested For DUIThe Atlanta Hawks tabbed former San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer to be their new head coach back in May, but his tenure with the organization has gotten off to a rocky start to say the least. He was arrested for DUI early Thursday morning, according to Zach Klein of WSB-TV in Atlanta.

‘Taillight violation’

WSB-TV is reporting that a Georgia State Patrol trooper pulled Budenholzer over for having no taillights. After the trooper smelled alcohol, however, he administered a field sobriety test and ultimately decided to arrest Budenholzer, who reportedly refused to take a breathalyzer test.

According to a spokesperson for the Atlanta City Jail, Budenholzer was charged with DUI as well as a taillight violation, and he was released on $1,524 bond at 3:45 a.m. ET on Thursday morning.

‘Under the influence of drugs’

According to, in addition to the aforementioned charges, Budenholzer has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, driving under the influence of multiple substances, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and having an alcohol concentration exceeding 0.08 grams at any time within three hours of driving.

Budenholzer spent 16 years as an assistant with the Spurs under Gregg Popovich, winning four NBA championships during his tenure. Budenholzer has never served as a head coach at the professional level, but he was a highly sought-after candidate this offseason.  It’s entirely possible that Budenholzer has already ruined his big break, however.

How will this arrest affect Mike Budenholzer’s career as the new head coach of the Atlanta Hawks? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with us via the comment box below!

Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

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NFL Suspends Jacksonville Jaguars’ Justin Blackmon 4 Games

NFL Suspends Jacksonville Jaguars' Justin Blackmon 4 GamesAccording to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon will be suspended for the first four games of the 2013 regular season due to a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy.

‘No excuse’

Upon the news of his suspension hitting the wire, Blackmon released a statement, per NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano:

I’ve made a mistake and I have no excuse. I am truly sorry and disappointed in myself for putting the Jaguars in this situation, and I look forward to putting this behind me and maturing and growing as a person. I will have a productive training camp and pre-season with my team, and during the suspension I will work hard to stay in top football shape and be ready to help the Jaguars when I return. I have chosen to be accountable for my poor decision, and I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, the front office and Jaguars fans for the impact of my mistake on the team.

‘Substance-related problems’

It is not known at this time what substance Blackmon tested positive for. Under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, the league is not allowed to disclose the specificity of a player’s case or which drug was taken.

This isn’t Blackmon’s first incident with substance-related problems since coming to the NFL. In June of 2012, Blackmon was arrested in Oklahoma for DUI, having blown a .24 on the breathalyzer test—three times the legal limit.

Blackmon not only faces missing four games of the 2013 season, but his wallet could take a hurting with this suspension. According to Joel Corry of The National Football Post, Blackmon should lose over $10 million in guarantees from his contract.

What could have been the substance that Justin Blackmon tested positive for? Do you think this will be his last substance-related problem in the NFL?

Source: Tyler Conway, Bleacher Report

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