NBA player James Bouknight was recently charged with DWI (driving while intoxicated). However, he has been released on bond, is back to training, and is expected to play in the game against the San Antonio Spurs.
American basketball player James Bouknight is the #2 point/ shooting guard for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. He had previously represented the UConn Huskies in college basketball.
The Hornets selected him in the 2021 NBA Draft, and in his rookie campaign, he played in 31 games while averaging 4.6 points per game.
James Bouknight Jailed: Where Is He Now?
No, James Bouknight is not in jail. He was released with a bond of $2,500. However, he is scheduled to appear in court in November.
At around 1:51 am on October 16, 2022, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested James for driving while intoxicated (DWI) after being found unconscious in a parking deck around 12:44 am.
Police say they responded to reports that someone was unconscious in his vehicle in a parking lot and blocking traffic early Sunday. Officers reportedly attempted to awaken James for approximately an hour using a public address system, lights, and air horns blasting.
After coming back to consciousness, James refused to follow the commands, moved his car, and hit two Police cars. Finally, he complied with the orders and exited the vehicle when arrested.
He was detained with a Glock 23, a 40MM pistol, and Doritos in his car. However, as it is legal in North Carolina, he was not accused of possessing a handgun.
A breathalyzer test confirmed his blood-alcohol content was 0.14, exceeding North Carolina’s legal limit of 0.08. James revealed having approximately four tequila shots before driving home.
Aftermath For James Bouknight
After setting his bond at $2,500, the Police released James Bouknight, and he returned to practice the following day.
However, he did not talk to the press. His coach Steve Clifford also avoided the topic in front of reporters, saying that the case is under investigation and he cannot comment.
Jame’s criticism is inevitable since the season is about to start, and the franchise is without its star player, LaMelo Ball. The absence of LaMelo means that James is likely to occupy a prominent place and leadership in the team in the early games.
It was not his first time getting in trouble with the law. He previously had multiple speeding and reckless driving offenses. James is set to appear in court three times in November and December for all his misdemeanors.
Who Is Charlotte Hornets Player James Bouknight?
Charlotte Hornets player James David Bouknight was born on September 18, 2000. The 22-year-old is the son of John Bouknight and Patty Leo.
The NBA player was born and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. He spent much of his life playing baseball before starting to play basketball in middle school.
James started his high school basketball career with La Salle Academy in Manhattan. As a freshman, he led his team to the New York Federation Class B state championship, where he was also named the tournament’s most valuable player (MVP).
After an impressive junior career, James became a four-star recruit and was ranked the 53rd-best player in the 2019 class by 247Sports.
He committed to play college basketball for UConn Huskies in September 2018, choosing the Huskies over Indiana and VCU, among others.
After his college basketball career, his current team Charlotte Hornets, selected him with the 11th pick in the 2021 NBA draft. James signed officially with the club in August 2021 and made his NBA debut in an October 123-112 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.