2 Duke basketball players, including potential NBA lottery pick, reportedly face DWI charges
Duke’s men’s basketball team is off to a great start this year on the floor, looking like a national championship contender.
However, the Blue Devils are facing some off-the-court turmoil this week, per a report that came out Tuesday morning.
According to a report from Stephen Wiseman of The News & Observer, coach Mike Krzyzewski’s grandson, Michael Savarino, was arrested for DWI, while likely NBA Draft lottery pick (and potential No. 1 overall pick) Paolo Banchero faces charges of “aiding and abetting DWI.”
Exclusive: 2 Duke hoops players face charges following early AM DWI arrest https://t.co/iKacmelUDx
— Stephen Wiseman (@stevewisemanNC) November 16, 2021
“We are reviewing a legal matter involving two members of the men’s basketball team,” Krzyzewski said in a statement released by Duke athletics to the N&O. “Any further actions as a result of this situation will ultimately be determined by the Vice President/Director of Athletics and University officials.”
Per North Carolina law, Banchero’s charge of “aiding and abetting DWI” can happen when someone “knowingly turns over their own vehicle to someone who is impaired or fails to prevent an impaired person from getting behind the wheel,” per the N&O report.
Duke has yet to reveal whether either player will be available for Tuesday night’s game against Gardner-Webb. Both players have court dates set for December. We’ll see what the Blue Devils decide to do.