Hornets guard James Bouknight, the No. 11 overall pick of last year’s draft, was arrested and charged early Sunday morning for driving while impaired, per Kallie Cox of The Charlotte Observer. The Hornets acknowledged Bouknight’s arrest (via Twitter), but didn’t have much to say on the matter.
“We are aware of the incident involving James Bouknight and are in the process of gathering additional information,” the team said in a statement. “We will have no further comment at this time.”
This is not the first vehicular incident Bouknight has been involved in, Cox writes. Last November, he was cited for speeding and reckless driving (107 mph in a 65 mph zone), and is slated to appear in court later this month.
Bouknight was also cited in February for reckless driving, and last Wednesday, he was once again ticketed for speeding and reckless driving (92 mph in a 50 mph zone). According to Cox, there was another case involving Bouknight, but the charges were dropped.
The 22-year-old was also arrested for fleeing a car accident three years ago while at UConn and reportedly smelled of alcohol at the time, per a report from The Associated Press (via ESPN).
As Cox notes, Bouknight is the latest Hornets player to be arrested in 2022, but unfortunately not the first.
Former Hornet Montrezl Harrell was arrested for a felony marijuana trafficking charge in May, but that was later reduced to a misdemeanor possession charge which will be removed from his record if he remains in good legal standing for the next 10 months. Harrell signed with the Sixers as a free agent less than a week after his charge was reduced.
In addition to Bouknight and Harrell, restricted free agent Miles Bridges is facing three felony domestic violence charges for an incident in Los Angeles at the end of June. He’s scheduled to appear in court today for a preliminary hearing, which has been postponed several times.