2 Duke basketball players face charges related to DWI
Hillsboro, North Carolina Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski’s grandson and the coach’s featured new mentor who is considered one of the best potential players in the NBA are facing charges of poor leadership, according to court records.
Michael Savarino, Krzyzewski’s grandson, was stopped for violating a stop sign in rural Orange County after 1 a.m. Sunday, Sgt. said. Chris Knox, a spokesperson for the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Court records said the 20-year-old, who was driving a white jeep for teammate Paolo Panchero, admitted he had taken “several shots”.
“We broke our standards and we will deal with that internally,” Krzyzewski said on Tuesday night.
A test showed that Savarino had a blood alcohol content of 0.08%, the level at which a driver is considered impaired, and was arrested for driving while disabled and for driving after under the age of 21, according to records. He was released on a written promise to appear in court on December 9, and his license was temporarily revoked.
Knox said Banchero, who was riding in the back seat, was cited for aiding and abetting reverse driving and was released at the scene. He has a December 8 court date.
A DWI assistance and instigation fee can be brought when a person intentionally delivers a vehicle to a disabled person or fails to prevent a weakened person from getting behind the wheel.
Banchero started and played 26 minutes in Duke’s No. 7 92-52 win over Gardner Webb on Tuesday night. Savarino did not play.
“Two completely different cases,” Krzyzewski said of his decision to start Banchero. “Headlines may make it seem like it is, but it’s not. The decisions we made jointly with my superiors, and we’re taking action.”
Banchiro, a 19-year-old freshman, was one of the most wanted recruits last year and is expected to be picked early in the NBA draft next spring.
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