Hawkins said following Budenholzer's release from jail, the coach went to Piedmont Hospital where his blood alcohol was tested at .01, well below the legal limit of .08. Hawkins said that test came "several hours" after the arrest.
Budenholzer, 44, a former longtime San Antonio Spurs assistant, was named the Hawks coach May 29.
He spent 19 years with the Spurs, including 17 seasons as an assistant. He was the top assistant for coach Gregg Popovich the past six years.
Ferry and Budenholzer worked together in San Antonio. Ferry came to the Hawks last year after two years as vice president of basketball operations for the Spurs.
Budenholzer was hired to replace Larry Drew, who now is the Milwaukee Bucks' coach.
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