Cavs Release Statement After Koby Altman Arrest

CLEVELAND — President of basketball operations Koby Altman was arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired on Friday night and the Cavaliers say they are still gathering information.Koby Altman

“We are aware of an incident involving Cavaliers President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman,” the Cavs said in a statement. “We are currently gathering more information and have no further comment at this time.”

Ohio State High Patrol Troopers pulled over Altman’s vehicle at 8:35 p.m. locally on Route 2 near East 55th Street in Cleveland. He was driving a 2022 Lexus.

According to a statement from patrol officials, after being pulled over “the driver indicators of impairment were observed. The driver was subsequently placed under arrest for OVI and soon after offered a breath test which he refused.”

Altman, who turned 41 on Saturday, was then charged with “committing a marked lanes violation and OVI,” officials said, adding that he was “respectful and cooperative with troopers” during the incident.

The Cavs promoted Altman to general manager in 2017 before naming him president of basketball operations in 2022. Cleveland finished 51-31 and in second place in the Central Division last season, as well as fourth in the Eastern Conference.

A native of Brooklyn, Altman played college basketball at Middlebury College before becoming an assistant coach with Amherst College, Southern Illinois (graduate assistant) and Columbia. He joined the Cavs’ front office in 2012.

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