This is not a good look for this referee or the league.
Ron Garretson has been a prominent name in the National Basketball Association for a longtime, with his most noticeable moment coming in the 2000 playoffs when he tossed Rasheed Wallace out of a playoff game for staring at him.
On Wednesday, Garretson found himself under arrest after officials say he crashed into a tree near the Lake Havasu City Police Dept. Station, according to TMZ.
“Cops responded to calls about a man who slammed an orange Jeep Wrangler into a tree around 6:30 PM — and when officers arrived at the scene, 60-year-old Garretson was covered in blood.
According to the police report, Garretson initially claimed someone had hit his car — but cops say the story didn’t make sense. Cops also say he reeked of booze and Garretson admitted to having a beer and a shot at a nearby cigar bar before getting behind the wheel.”
Cops state Garretson made it a point to say that he was an NBA ref and that he was fine. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t prove as he blew a .19 on the breathalyzer, more than twice the legal limit.
Garretson has been a ref in the league for the last 32 seasons, working over 1,900 games during that time.