NBC Sportscaster Al Michaels

NBC Sportscaster Al Michaels, image courtesy NBC.

Police recently arrested legendary sportscaster Al Michaels on misdemeanor DUI charges in California, according to news reports. As TMZ writes in an “exclusive”:

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.

TMZ reports that Michaels’s blood alcohol level tested close to the legal limit: “[H]e blew a .08 and a .09 in two breathalyzer tests.” Michaels was described as “extremely cooperative” by Sgt. Ryan Gradle, as Mark Morgenstein and AnneClaire Stapleton write for CNN. They note that he is scheduled to appear at Los Angeles Municipal Court at 8:30 a.m. on June 26. Michaels spent a little more than five hours in jail, CNN writes, and was released on a citation at about 3 or 4 in the morning, Sgt. William Heric of the Santa Monica Police Department told Los Angeles’ City News Service, as Matt Rybaltowski writes for CBSSports.com.

Michaels, an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and the play-by-play announcer for NBC Sunday Night Football, is known for his iconic “Do you believe in miracles?” call in the last few seconds of the U.S. hockey team’s win over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics, writes CBSSports.com. The 68-year-old Michaels left his broadcasting job at Monday Night Football for ABC Sports after 20 years in 2006 for join NBC, CBSSports.com writes, adding:

Michaels is the only broadcaster to call the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and host the Stanley Cup Finals for network television. He has also covered numerous Summer and Winter Olympics, the Triple Crown in horse racing and the Indianapolis 500 in his six decades in broadcasting.

The Los Angeles Times reports that NBC said on Sunday “it is aware of Al Michael’s arrest for allegedly driving under the influence in Santa Monica but declined to say whether it would affect his work with the network.”

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