Originally written on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 4/21/13

Discouraging news in the wee hours of Sunday morning as one of the top announcers in this or any era was reportedly arrested in Santa Monica on suspicion of DUI Friday night.  TMZ broke the story that NBC's Al Michaels failed a field sobriety test after being pulled over and was placed under arrest... "Al Michaels -- perhaps the most well-known sportscaster in the world -- was arrested Friday night for suspicion of DUI ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Michaels went through a DUI checkpoint in Santa Monica at approximately 10:00 PM on Friday and when he spoke to officers, they detected an odor of alcohol. We're told he was pulled over and given a field sobriety and after performing poorly, he was placed under arrest. Michaels was released from jail at 4:15 AM on Saturday on his own recognizance. According to our sources, Michaels blood alcohol level was right at the legal limit -- he blew a .08 and a .09 in two breathalyzer tests." Michaels was near the legal limit, but any headline involving a DUI can't be treated flippantly.  This is certainly a black eye for Michaels and for NBC.  The veteran broadcaster shouldn't have many assigments for NBC until the NFL preseason kicks off in August, so time will tell whether NBC feels the need to discipline Michaels for his arrest.  Professional leagues have fallen under scrutiny for their lack of discipline for something as serious as DUI, but what will happen when it's one of the top broadcasters in America?  We'll provide any updates if they come along. [TMZ]

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