Minneapolis, MN-Gopher’s assistant coach Saul Smith has been suspended following his weekend arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Smith was stopped by police early Saturday morning after leaving a local restaurant. While traveling westbound on I-394 and officer observed Smith driving on the shoulder and speeding. Police say he was traveling 70 to 80 miles per hour; the posted speed limit is 55 mph.
While conducting the traffic stop, the officer noticed that Smith’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. His speech was slurred and he displayed a slow reaction time. There was also an odor of alcohol from within the car.
Following a field sobriety test, Smith was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving.
Minnesota’s athletic director Norwood Teague placed Smith in unpaid leave pending the result of Smith’s Dec. 3rd court appearance.
“We just can’t have behavior like that,” Teague said, “It’s just not good for anyone, it’s embarrassing and I won’t tolerate it. With a coach doing this, it’s disappointing. The timing is one thing. The other thing it it’s just not what we want.”
In the past several months there have been many pro and college athletes arrested for DUI, so, it makes you wonder if there is a serious drinking problem within the world of athletes?
Too often a DUI arrest can adversely affect a person’s current job or their future job prospects. Though DUIs are fairly common, some employers are reluctant to hire people that have a criminal record and a DUI conviction is nearly impossible to remove. This is why it so important to hire a DUI attorney to keep a DUI conviction from marring a person’s record and shield […]