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Jarrett Jack ‘deeply sorry’ after DUI arrest

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Former Georgia Tech star Jarrett Jack apologized Monday night for his DUI arrest in Snellville over All-Star weekend.


Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office

Jarrett Jack

“I’m deeply sorry for making the team have to go through this,” Jack told the Times-Picayune as the New Orleans Hornets practiced for Wednesday’s home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. “I know the importance of what I did, and I will just try to learn from it as much as possible. I made a mistake, and the key is not repeating it.”

Jack, the backup to All-Star point guard Chris Paul, won’t be disciplined by the Hornets. GM Dell Demps said the team will let the legal process play out.

“We are aware of the incident involving Jarrett Jack and are extremely disappointed in the situation Jarrett has created — regardless of the final outcome,” Demps said in a statement.

Jack was pulled over in his black Mercedes for speeding and weaving on U.S. 78 about 4 a.m. Sunday, Snellville police said.

Jack failed field sobriety tests, police said. When given a breath test at the Gwinnett County Jail 90 minutes later, Jack registered a .079, just below the .08 standard for legal intoxication.

Snellville Police Chief Roy Whitehead noted that alcohol dissipates from the system at .02 grams per hour, leading police to charge Jack with DUI in addition to speeding and failure to maintain his lane.

Hornets coach Monty Williams said he was very disappointed in Jack.

“This was a time for us to go home, relax and come back recharged and deal with basketball — and now we have to deal with this,” he told the Times-Picayune.

Jack, traded from Toronto to New Orleans in November, started every game of his three-year Tech career except for Senior Day in 2005.

He was the Yellow Jackets’ leading scorer in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, helping Tech reach the title game. In the regional final win over Kansas, Jack poured in 29 points, including eight of Tech’s 13 points in overtime, and added nine rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Jack left for the NBA after his junior season as just the sixth Yellow Jacket with 1,000 points and 500 assists.

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