West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has been charged with DUI in Pittsburgh.
Bob Huggins, the West Virginia University men’s basketball coach who was briefly banned and forced to take a pay cut after using a homophobic slur during an interview, was detained on Friday for driving under the influence.
Huggins, 69, was reportedly driving a black SUV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Police in Pittsburgh noticed the vehicle stopped in the center of the road, impeding traffic, shortly before 8:30 p.m. The driver’s side door was open, and the car had a “flat and shredded tire,” according to authorities.
Huggins was directed off the road by Pittsburgh police officers, but when they noticed he was having difficulty moving the truck, he was pulled over and questioned. Huggins was subjected to standard field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after being taken for further testing.
Huggins was later released from jail. Police stated that he would appear in court for a preliminary hearing, but did not specify when.
On Saturday morning, officials from West Virginia University and its Department of Intercollegiate Athletics issued a joint statement addressing the incident.
“West Virginia University is aware of an incident last night involving Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins, for which he was charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in the City of Pittsburgh,” the university said in a statement. “We are gathering more information and will take appropriate action once the review is complete.”
Huggins was penalized by the university earlier this year after using numerous slurs in a May 8 interview with Bill Cunningham, a Cincinnati radio broadcaster and former basketball coach. Huggins’ statements, according to West Virginia University, were “insensitive and offensive,” and “do not represent our university values.”
Huggins’ compensation would be lowered by $1 million, his contract would be year-to-year rather than multi-year, and he would be suspended for three games, among other sanctions, the university announced on May 10. The institution also stated that Huggins had been made “explicitly clear” that similar remarks would result in his dismissal.
“I have no excuse for the language I used, and I take full responsibility,” Huggins stated at the time in an apology. “I will follow the steps outlined by the University and Athletics leadership in order to learn from this incident.” Over the last 24 hours, I’ve had multiple talks with coworkers and friends whom I greatly respect and admire, and I’m acutely aware of the grief I’ve caused. I meant what I said on Monday when I said, “I will do better.”