R.J. Adelman goes on leave after reported DUI charge

Updated: December 6, 2007, 1:10 AM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Rockets assistant coach R.J. Adelman, the son of head coach Rick Adelman, has been charged with drunken driving, according to a television news report.

Police stopped R.J. Adelman on Nov. 19 for speeding and found alcohol containers in his car, Houston television station KRIV reported Wednesday night.

The team said Adelman was taking a leave of absence to get professional help.

"Our concern is for R.J.'s well being during this very challenging personal time," Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said in a statement released to The Associated Press. "We are grateful that nobody was injured. R.J. has taken a leave of absence from the team in order to seek professional assistance. Out of respect for him and his family, we will refrain from future public comments regarding his situation."

Police administered a breath test and a field sobriety test, leading to R.J. Adelman's arrest, KRIV reported. He was later released on $500 bond.

A Houston police spokesman reached by the AP late Wednesday could not immediately confirm Adelman's arrest.

R.J. Adelman is in his first season with the Rockets and is focused on advance scouting operations, according to a biography on the Rockets Web site.

He also worked for the Seattle SuperSonics and Sacramento Kings. He played four years for the Willamette University and has also earned a law degree.


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