DURHAM, NC – Duke freshman Paolo Banchero said on Tuesday he had no regrets after being accused of aiding and encouraging DWI on November 14 while driving in the back of a car he owned with Mike Krzyzewski’s grandson, Michael Savarino, as driver.
Savarino was charged with DWI and arrested at the scene. Banchero was charged but not arrested.
“I think we’ve all learned from that,” Banchero said after scoring 28 points in the 107-81 win over The Citadel. “You can’t really say a lot about it, but we’ve learned from it and we’ve managed it as a team. We’ve moved forward and we want to continue our season.”
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He was then asked if he had any regrets about the situation. Banchero shook his head and said the word “no”.
“My teammates are supporting me,” he said.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski called DWI’s accusations against his two players “a violation of our standards”. Banchero has been cleared to play and start in his next game against Gardner-Webb.
“These are two different situations,” Krzyzewski said of why Banchero played. “Headlines might make it look the same, it isn’t.”
It was Savarino who was arrested on Sunday morning of November 14 at 1:10 a.m. by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and charged with DWI with Banchero in his back seat.
Savarino was arrested for a stop sign violation while driving a white 2017 Jeep SUV registered at Banchero on Brushy Creek Road outside of Hillsborough.
North Carolina law states that complicity in a DWI offense is classified as “when a person knowingly encourages, assists, counsels or induces another person to drive or attempt to drive while impaired.”
The 20-year-old Savarino has a court appointment on December 9 for his DWI charge. Banchero, 19, has a December 15 court date.
According to an arrest report obtained from the Orange County District Court, Savarino took two breathalyzer tests and reached a blood alcohol level of 0.08. According to the report, the arresting officer said he smelled alcohol on Savarino’s breath.
Savarino, who has not returned to the team, is the son of Debbie Krzyzewski Savarino, the eldest daughter of Krzyzewski and his wife, Mickie. Debbie Savarino is Assistant Director of Sports at Duke.
David Thompson is an award-winning USA Today Network reporter covering North Carolina State and Duke athletics. He can be reached at email@example.com, at 828-231-1747, or on Twitter at @ daveth89.