Ex-Duke star Redick charged with drunken driving
J.J. Redick, a likely first-round pick in this month's NBA draft, was arrested early Tuesday on charges of drunken driving.
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The NBA draft is scheduled June 28 in New York City. How the arrest will affect Redick's draft status is unclear.
"I think that these things hurt anybody's draft status," an Eastern Conference GM, who wanted to remain anonymous, told ESPN.com's Andy Katz. "They do in my eyes. I take these things seriously. That's too bad."
Redick had previously pulled out of scheduled workouts with Orlando and Boston this week. Previously, he had worked out for Golden State, Utah, Houston and Seattle.
Redick's agent, Arn Tellem, told ESPN.com that Redick had rescheduled the workouts with Orlando and Boston for next week, however.
Among the teams reportedly interested in Redick is Houston, which has the No. 8 pick.
Tellem doesn't believe this incident will affect Redick's draft status.
"Absolutely not," Tellem said. "Everyone knows his character and his body of work during his four years where he's been a great player and person at Duke. He has handled himself well on and off the court."
Tellem added that he is confident that Redick will be drafted between No. 7 and No. 14.
Redick, The Associated Press Player of the Year, also was charged with unlawful use of highways for making an illegal U-turn.
Redick, who has a Virginia driver's license, lost his driving privileges in North Carolina for 30 days, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.
The 21-year-old Redick was released on $1,000 bond shortly after being taken before a Durham County magistrate. He is to appear in court July 17. The arresting officer wrote in his report that Redick had "very glassy eyes, strong odor of alcohol coming from breath."
Redick had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11. The legal limit for drivers in North Carolina is 0.08.
"I regret what happened last night, and want to apologize to my family and the Duke community for the incident," Redick said in a statement issued by the university.
Redick finished his career as the leading scorer in Atlantic Coast Conference history.
"J.J. knows he made a mistake and regrets it," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. "He represented the very best in college athletics and exhibited outstanding character at Duke the last four years. He is and will continue to be a credit to the Duke basketball family. As his friend and his coach, he has my total support."
Redick's agent, Arn Tellem, added: "J.J. is an outstanding student athlete of the highest character. He is an exemplary role model and a credit to his family and the entire Duke community. This is nothing more than an isolated incident. Everyone who has come into contact with J.J. as a student and an athlete knows the quality person he is and will continue to be."
Redick was arrested soon after 1 a.m. when he turned around as he approached a license check point near the Duke campus, Michael said. He pulled into a parking lot of an apartment complex after police pursued him.
"There wasn't a chase. He didn't run from them," Michael said. "He was pretty cooperative."
Redick, who won the 2006 Wooden Award as the nation's top college player, shot 47 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3-point range and 85 percent from the free throw line in leading Duke to a 32-4 record. He finished his career with 2,769 points and 457 3-pointers. Redick holds the NCAA career record for 3-pointers.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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