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Redick arrested for DWI

Former Duke basketball star J.J. Redick was arrested early Tuesday morning in Durham on charges of driving while impaired.

Redick's outlook for the June 28 NBA Draft remains unclear after the incident.

Heading North on LaSalle Street shortly after 1 a.m., Redick made an illegal U-turn to avoid a license check point, according to court records.

Police pulled the 21-year-old over in the parking lot of the Belmont Apartments. Court records said Redick "had very glassy eyes" and a "strong odor of alcohol coming from [his] breath."

Police then cited Redick, who registered a blood-alcohol level of .11 at the Durham County magistrate office, for driving while impaired and unlawful use of highways. He was released on $1,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court July 17.

"I regret what happened last night and want to apologize to my family and the Duke community for the incident," Redick said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

Redick was back in Durham after attending the Orlando NBA pre-draft camp last weekend. He was originally scheduled to work out with Orlando and Boston this week, but he had pulled out of those workouts, citing a sore back.

Redick's agent, Arn Tellem, said in an e-mail Redick had returned to Durham to receive treatment for his back.

The license checkpoint, which police spokeswoman Kammie Michael described as "routine," was located adjacent to Kangaroo Street between the Belmont Apartments and Hillsborough Road. Redick pulled over in the Belmont parking lot after police cars began following him, and Michael said he was cooperative.

"This is nothing more than an isolated incident," Tellem said. "Everyone who has come into contact with J.J. as a student and an athlete knows the quality person he is and will continue to be."

It remains unclear however, what type of impact this incident could have on Redick's draft status. He had previously worked out for Houston, Golden State, Utah and Seattle, all of which have picks in the lottery for the NBA Draft.

Paul Haagen, a law professor who chairs Duke's student-athlete advisory committee, said the arrest may or may not cause teams to think otherwise about drafting Redick.

"It's not going to help," Haagen said. "It's a bit of negative information at a particularly volatile time.

"This close to the draft negative information has a disproportionate impact. J.J. is in one of those positions where he has the potential to go quite high or into the middle of the first round," he added.

Despite rumors that Redick canceled this week's workouts because of a serious back injury or a promise from a team he had already worked out for, Tellem said Redick hopes to reschedule the tryouts for next week.

Redick, who holds the Duke and ACC all-time points records, as well as the NCAA record for most three-pointers in a career, graduated in May with a degree in history.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski released a statement Tuesday afternoon defending Redick's character.

"J.J. knows he made a mistake and regrets it," Krzyzewski said. "He represented the very best in college athletics and exhibited outstanding character at Duke the last four years. He is and will continue to be a credit to the Duke Basketball family. As his friend and his coach, he has my total support."

Editor's Note: "J.J. Redick: In his own words" will not appear this week.

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