Cleveland Cavaliers' Top Executive Arrested on Impairment Charges

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Cleveland Cavaliers' Top Executive Arrested on Impairment Charges
Cleveland Cavaliers' Top Executive Arrested on Impairment Charges © Getty Images Sport/Jason Miller

Cleveland Cavaliers' President of Basketball Operations, Koby Altman, found himself in a legal quagmire on Friday evening when Ohio State Highway Patrol officers arrested him for driving under the influence.

A Night Turned Awry

Just shy of his 41st birthday, Altman was pulled over by Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers in Cleveland around 9 p.m.

He was charged with both committing a marked lanes violation and operating a vehicle while impaired, often referred to as OVI. Quoting multiple sources, the OSHP disclosed, "Troopers initiated a traffic stop and during their interaction with the driver indicators of impairment were observed." The situation took another turn when Altman declined to take a breath test post-arrest.

Despite the circumstances, police commended his demeanor, noting that the Cavaliers' executive was "respectful and cooperative with troopers."

The Cavaliers Respond

The Cavaliers organization, shaken by the incident, quickly released a statement the following day.

"We are aware of an incident involving Cavaliers President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman," the team said. "We are currently gathering more information and have no further comment at this time."

Altman's Ascendancy in the Cavaliers

Koby Altman's association with the Cleveland Cavaliers dates back to 2012.

He started his journey in the pro personnel department before being promoted to the position of assistant general manager. In 2017, his consistent contributions earned him the title of general manager. His upward trajectory in the Cavaliers organization didn't stop there.

Altman was elevated to president of basketball operations in January 2022 after signing a contract extension, which ensures his position with the team through the 2027-28 season. Given Altman's significant role in the Cavaliers' front office and his longstanding association, this incident could have potential implications for both him and the team. As the legal proceedings commence, fans and stakeholders of the Cleveland Cavaliers will undoubtedly watch closely.