DALLAS – Former Dallas Maverick DJ Mbenga was arrested for public intoxication Tuesday morning after putting his hand on an officer's chest while leaving a restaurant at Fitzhugh Ave. and U.S. 75, according to a police report.
The document says Mbenga was attempting to exit the Buzzbrews Kitchen at 4 a.m. Tuesday as a pair of Dallas police officers were walking in. The 7-foot Center put his palm on one one's chest and said, “You move out of my way.”
The officer stopped and responded, “You don’t touch police, let alone make that statement.” The incident report then says Mbenga said, “You want to go? I do what I want, so you move out of the way!”
The officers smelled alcohol on the 32-year-old’s breath, who also had “unsteady balance” and bloodshot eyes. Mbenga was escorted out of the restaurant but continued to argue with the officers. The police report says he was cuffed and failed three of six field sobriety tests.
He was then taken to jail for public intoxication. The report says a witness told police he saw Mbenga act aggressively toward both the staff and a woman who he arrived with at the restaurant.
Born Didier Ilunga Mbenga, the Congo native was drafted by the Mavericks in 2004 and stayed in Dallas through the 2006-2007 season. He split the next season with the Golden State Warriors and the championship-winning Los Angeles Lakers, where he'd remain until the 2009-2010 season. He played for the New Orleans Hornets in 2010-2011.
He was scooped up again by the Mavericks this off-season on the contingency that he would have to earn a spot on the NBA roster. However, he was waived on October 2.
The incident report says Mbenga told officers that he was a former Mav who was “supposed to go sign with the (Toronto) Raptors" before they took him to the detox center.
Throughout his career, he’s averaged 6.7 minutes per game, 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds.