Originally written on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 10/20/14

Via Awful Announcing:

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, so perhaps it's a surprise he would do so poorly on a field test to draw an arrest, 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.

UPDATE: Here's more details on the arrest via CNN, including Michaels' court date:

"Sgt. Ryan Gradle said Michaels, the current play-by-play announcer for NBC's "Sunday Night Football," was extremely cooperative and was released on his own recognizance Saturday morning.

Michaels was arrested shortly before 10 p.m., then spent a little more than five hours in the Santa Monica City Jail, the Los Angeles Inmate Information Center said.

He's scheduled to appear at Los Angeles Municipal Court at 8:30 a.m. on June 26."

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30 Comments:
  • shut up!!!!
  • Go BANG yourself Bozo
  • Anytime that a web address has a comma in it, bell should go off.
  • He's human just like the rest of us. If you drive right after consuming a couple of alcholic beverages its not hard to blow a .08 in California. He'll pay his fine maybe some community service and done.
  • I failed a sobriety test. I was tested at .0129 breath test. I was threatened with jail. Until I saw the judge the next morning. Just because you at stopped does not mean you are drunk. Blew a .08 and a .09. Must not be very accurate 12.5 per cent variation. So it could of been .07 per cent.
  • Hey, where's the mug shot? NBC always shows a mug when reporting DUI's of famous people. Hmmm... perhaps I will find it on ABC. Naaahh.
  • I like Al Michaels but the policy in Cafif for a DUI arrest is a minimum stay in custody of 4 hours.
  • Sh*t happens.
  • I agree with the other comments. HE IS NORMAL! REALLY DONT YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO DO EXCEPT TRASH SOMONE?????????????????????
  • Yeah. Too bad he didn't kill anyone. Then it would be worth reporting.
  • If Marv Albert can wear panties and bras and be reinstated Michaels should not have a problem for taking a drink.
  • What is wrong with wearing a bra and panties? I do.
  • Arrest the officer that arrested Al. Whip some sense into him. Give Al the key to the city as you release him with a apology.
  • How would that go? "You're under arrest for arresting someone who was drunk driving."? If he killed someone you cared about, I bet you wouldn't be saying that. I sincerely hope that you're being sarcastic.
  • Hahahaha.... Good ol' Marv
  • Reality check- Any one drinking alcohol,then drives,has a problem! Should ask a family who has lost a member(s) as a result of a drinking or drunk driver how much grief is involved!
    It is unlawful to drink and drive!
    "THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK AND DRIVE!" It could happen to someone in your family- Really! Call a Cab!!!
  • TOTALLY agree with you!!!!
  • Yes I know what you mean. I almost was almost killed several times. Of course they were in their 70s. Think of all the people killed by old people. It is really hard to know. Because some are run of the road. What are we going to do about it.
  • Wait...where's the mug shot??? If he/nbc were reporting on the DUI arrest for a celebrity/athlete you could bet the article would include the arrest photo.
  • Looks like Al is picking up where Pat Summerall left off!
  • Come on, why the Pat Summerall comment? He is dead. What comes around goes around. Say a prayer to save yourself!
  • So what. He did bad. He got caught before he could hurt anyone. He's human.
  • Oh for heavens sake. That's really big news. We have bombings, and shootings in schools, terroists all around us and shootings in theaters. WOW and to think Al had a couple of drinks just frightens me to death. The nerve of him.
  • the backyard sucks
  • If one is tired behind the wheel, you can fail a field test. If he blew a .o8 and a .09, I doubt he was actually "intoxicated".
  • Funny how Al is getting the benefit of the doubt but if this were say a black athlete I wonder if the sentiment would be different.
  • Do you believe in Margaritas.....
  • yea the athlete would get released immediately, this is not the 60s or 70s dumb question!
  • Everybody please save this story in your archive file and save some of the positive comments, Soon there will be a player that will get arrested for the same thing. Your comments should be similar to how you are commenting on Michaels. Doubt it though because that player will probably not look like Al Michaels.
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