- The 41-year-old almost caused a crash with his white 2022 Lexus in Cleveland
- He told police that he was tired from a long dinner and returning from a trip abroad
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Cleveland Cavaliers president Koby Altman appeared to have struggled with police field sobriety tests before being arrested for driving under the influence, in bodycam footage released this week by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Police ordered Altman, who was hired by the Cavs in 2012, to pull over in Cleveland around 9 p.m. Friday — just a day before his 41st birthday — after witnessing his white 2022 Lexus in clear violation of the law. lane committed.
And while they were being apprehended, the troopers told Altman he was about to cause an accident.
The video shows Altman successfully attempting to pass the walk-and-turn, one-leg stand, and vision tests, and at one point he even claims that the officers are confusing his concentration with their explanations about what he should do.
Altman also revealed to police that he was an executive with the Cavaliers and said he was tired after returning to the US following a trip abroad and a lavish dinner earlier in the evening, admitting he had a few drinks drunk.
Cavaliers president Koby Altman was arrested last Friday evening for driving under the influence
Altman, 41, nearly caused a crash by violating Ohio traffic laws in his white Lexus, police said
Altman was hired by the Cavs in 2012 as director of professional personnel before working his way up
When officers asked Altman to take a breath alcohol test, he refused before being handcuffed.
Altman was ultimately charged with committing a marked lane violation and operating a vehicle while impaired, which is considered an “OVI” in Ohio.
On Tuesday, reports said Altman “pleaded not guilty” in municipal court in Cleveland, adding that the NBA executive admitted he didn’t know how fast he was going. He also apologized for his actions.
Altman served as director of professional personnel for the Cavs when LeBron James led the team to an NBA title in 2016.
Altman (L) finished second in last season’s NBA Executive of the Year voting (pictured last year)
Just a year later, he was hired as Cleveland’s general manager. He was the one who drafted stars of today like Darius Garland and Evan Mobley.
Altman was promoted to president of basketball operations in 2022. Last season he finished second in the NBA Executive of the Year election.
In 2022, the team signed him to a contract extension through the 2027-2028 season.
The Cavs are aware of Altman’s OVI arrest and are working with local officials and NBA execs to gather more information.