Kings assistant coach Mario Elie became the latest member of the franchise to be arrested on DUI charges. KHTK 1140 AM broke the news that Elie was arrested at 2 a.m. in Sacramento, held overnight and released after bail was posted in the morning.
Elie joined the team as one of Paul Westphal's assistant coaches before the 2009-10. As the Kings have strugged, Elie was seen as the assistant most likely to take over the head coach's chair had the franchise decided to cut ties with Westphal. There is no chance that will happen now.
Elie is the second member of the team to be arrested on DUI charges this season, as forward Antoine Wright faced a similar situation in early November. Wright was later waived, more likely due to on-court issues, as the veteran hardly ever played.
During the preseason, George Maloof, one of the less visible (in Sacramento) members of the Kings ownership group, was arrested on DUI charges in Las Vegas. Last season, forward Andres Nocioni was arrested for DUI, as well.
In October 2006, new Kings head coach Eric Musselman was arrested for DUI in downtown Sacramento. He was eventually suspended by the league for two games, and lasted just one season with the Kings. Musselman was reported to have had Darrin May, the Kings' executive director of media relations, in the car with him. May remains employed by the team.
This post was updated at 11:15 a.m. to correct a fact about Musselman's DUI.