What Coach K said about his grandson’s arrest and the charge facing Paolo Banchero

Ethan Hyman
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  • Mike Krzyzewski
    Mike Krzyzewski
    American basketball player and coach

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said last weekend’s incident that left his grandson facing a DWI charge and one of his starting players facing a lessor related charge violated his program’s standards.

“We had a violation of our standards,” Krzyzewski said following Tuesday night’s game that saw his Blue Devils beat Gardner-Webb, 92-52. “We’ll handle that internally. We’re already handling it. It’s a violation of our standards and that’s it.”

Michael Savarino, Krzyzewski’s 20-year-old grandson who is a junior reserve guard on the team, was stopped by N.C. Highway Patrol at 1:10 a.m. Sunday, just a few hours after Duke beat Campbell, 67-56, at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Savarino, who was driving freshman forward Paolo Banchero’s 2017 Jeep on a rural Orange County road, admitted to police he’d been drinking and later recorded a .08 blood alcohol content on a breathalyzer.

Banchero, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound forward who entered Tuesday leading Duke in scoring (19.3 points per game), was charged with aiding and abetting DWI and was released from the site of the traffic stop.

While Savarino appears to be suspended as he was not with the team Tuesday night, Banchero started just as he had in Duke’s first three games of the season. He played 26 minutes and scored 10 points.

Krzyzewski did not specify how long Savarino will not be with the team.

“It’s two different situations,” Krzyzewski said. “Two entirely different situations. Headlines might make it look like it’s the same. It’s not. The decisions that are being made are in conjunction with our authorities and my superiors. We’re taking action. We took action and we will continue to take action.”

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