With his players and bosses at his side in support, Sacramento Kings coach Eric Musselman gave his public apologizes at Arco Arena on Sunday after being arrested on a drunken driving charge. The tear-eyed coach addressed the media about his arrest before the team leave for an exhibition game against the New Orleans Hornets in Reno.
He explained that this event was an isolated incident for which he was taking full responsibility.
Kings owners Gavin and Joe Maloof, announced that they will not take any disciplinary actions against Musselman. It means that Free Credit 918Kiss Telegram Musselman will not face a fine or suspension from his bosses. However, if convicted of DWI charge, the coach could face a league suspension. Geoff Petrie, the Kings' president of basketball operations, explained that he left a message on Saturday for an attorney with the NBA right after Musselman called him about the arrest.
The 41-year-old coach was stopped by Police at 2:15 A.M on Saturday about 1.5 miles from the State Capitol after his car was seen making a right-hand turn from the left-hand lane and cutting off another vehicle. Darrin May, the team's executive director of media relations, and two women were also passengers in Musselman's Mercedes. All of them were shortly released. Musselman failed three sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11. The legal limit is 0.08.
Musselman's arrest took place at a particularly bad time for the Kings. Indeed on Nov. 7th, voters will be asked to approve two ballot measures increasing local sales tax as part of the club's quest to build a new arena in downtown Sacramento. Both measures are considered difficult to pass and this event will not make it easier.
Petrie and the Maloofs, also owners of the Las Vegas hotel and casino "Palms", signed Musselman on June 3rd in order to replace fired coach Rick Adelman giving him his second head coaching. Musselman was fired by the Golden State Warriors after the 2003-04 season despite leading the team to its most successful two-year stretch during a stretch of 12 straight losing seasons. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Memphis under Mike Fratello before signing with the Kings.