SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Sacramento Kings assistant coach, Mario Elie, has been arrested on DUI charges.

 The 47-year-old Houston native and former NBA player was arrested at on Capitol Mall and 15th Street at 1:15 a.m. Thursday after a CHP officer pulled him over in his Mercedes-Benz for having a non-functioning tail light, according to CHP.

During the stop, the officer says he detected the smell of alcohol on Elie’s breath, and after a series of field sobriety tests, arrested Elie for driving under the influence.

“I’m very sorry, embarrassed and disappointed for the position in which I put myself and team. Rest assured, it won’t happen again as I take full responsibility for my actions,” Elie said in a statement released by the Kings.

Elie was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail and later released.

Six people from the Kings organization have been arrested for DUI in the past for years, a fact acknowledged by the president of the Kings.

We are very concerned and disappointed in regard to Mario’s arrest for DUI. This is an ugly form of history repeating itself. We expect better, knowing at the same time there are limits to how far you can go to protect people from themselves. In spite of all of this, we still respect Mario’s right to due process,” said Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. 

Elie played for 11 years in the NBA and is a 3-time league champion. He played on the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns.

Comments (10)
  1. GAMEPLYRED says:

    PLEASE GIVE HIM A BREAK!!!! AFTER SEE HIS TEAM LOSING LIKE 13-14 IN A ROW HE DESERVES TO GET DRUNK!! BUT THEN AGAIN, HE SHOULD HAVE CALLED A TAXI AND SEND THE TAB TO THE TEAM !! TO COVER FOR HIS ARREST AND EMBARRASEMENT….

  2. GAMEPLYRED says:

    ..AND ANOTHER THING, MAYBE IF THEY LOWER THE TICKET PRICE TO GO SEE THAT TEAM LOSE OVER AND OVER ITS NOT WORTH TO WASTE GAS AND PARKING TICKET FEES TO GO SEE THEM LOSE, I JUST WAIT FOR THE NEWS AT NIGHT TO HEAR THAT THEY LOST ANOTHER ONE….IT’S FREE ! !

  3. Minnie says:

    The King win nothing but the DUI tickets!

  4. StudBiscuitDaddy says:

    Another Maloof employee busted…seems like they’re trying harder and harder to disenfranchise their fan base before they skip town.

  5. Gabriel Vargas says:

    welcome aboard

  6. Marco says:

    What else is new with the Kings???
    Losers on all sides….

  7. tom says:

    We need guys that can bomb from downtown, not get bombed downtown!

  8. Kevin Johnson says:

    My $500 Hundred American Car Lights always work at night

  9. keith says:

    Did he have two 18 year old girls in the car with him like Eric Musselman?

  10. Mike says:

    sorry to say but looks like the Kings are back where they started in the 80’s at the bottom of the pile and with tickets as high as they areI would hope for some players that you have heard of.

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