Koby Altman, Cavaliers President of Basketball Operations, was arrested on Friday, September 15, for driving under the influence.
The incident occurred shortly before 9:00 p.m., when a patrol unit observed Altman’s 2022 Lexus violating traffic lane rules. He was subsequently pulled over, and that was when they noticed the signs that Altman may have been driving under the influence. Altman was arraigned on charges of marked-lane violation and OVI, as reported by Fox8.
“The FOX 8 I-Team has learned Cleveland Cavaliers President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman was charged Friday night for impaired driving.”
The FOX 8 I-Team has learned Cleveland Cavaliers President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman was charged Friday night for impaired driving. https://t.co/cew82zbsw8
— fox8news (@fox8news) September 16, 2023
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a statement: “troopers initiated a traffic stop and during their interaction with the driver indicators of impairment were observed. The driver was subsequently placed under arrest for OVI and soon after offered a breath test which he refused.”
On Saturday afternoon, the Cleveland Cavaliers also released a statement regarding Altman’s arrest:
“We are aware of an incident involving Cavaliers President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman. We are currently gathering more information and have no further comment at this time.”
Since then, X users have bombarded Altman in the comment section, saying that he should’ve gotten an Uber instead.
“Has anyone told Altman that Huber will take you home for $30. That’s cheaper than a DUI.”- @FastEddie577
Has anyone told Altman that Huber will take you home for $30. That's cheaper than a DUI.
— Eddie G. (@FastEddie577) September 16, 2023
You have a crap ton of money. Get an Uber Black to get home.”- @DrJax0124
You have a crap ton of money. Get an Uber Black to get home.
— Jax (@DrJax0124) September 16, 2023
While some also expressed their concern for the Cavs head honcho, saying that hopefully no one was injured and that he’s still the master of trades.
“Bad choice, but people make mistakes, hopefully no one was injured.”- @robert_grams
Bad choice, but people make mistakes, hopefully no one was injured.
— Robert A Grams (@robert_grams) September 16, 2023
“This doesn’t take away him being the master of trades”- @JosephM81566234
This doesn’t take away him being the master of trades
— Joseph Madden (@JosephM81566234) September 16, 2023
Altman joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in August 2012 as a pro personnel manager, and, in September 2013, was promoted to Director of Pro Player Personnel. Throughout the years, Altman steadily progressed through the ranks of the organization, culminating in his appointment as Cleveland Cavaliers President of Basketball Operations on January 12, 2022. As per The Athletic, his contract extends until the 2027-2028 season.
Altman has made important contributions to the Cavaliers, such as leading the team to its fifth NBA Finals appearance and Eastern Conference finals appearance with a record of 50-32 (.639) in his first year as a General Manager. In addition, Altman also had a big hand in the big moves the Cavs made in the draft, trades and signing free agents.