MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Heat rookie Robert Hite was charged
with driving under the influence early Sunday, and missed Miami's
game against Dallas.
According to the Miami Beach Police report, which was first
obtained by Miami television station WSVN, an officer detected a
"strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath" after the
player was stopped for speeding. The report also said Hite's eyes
were bloodshot and his speech slurred.
Hite was processed and released on $1,000 bond at about 2 p.m.,
Miami-Dade Corrections spokeswoman Janelle Hall said. Hite was not
at the arena for the Heat's game, which began at 1 p.m.
"I don't know anything about it. I don't know where he is,"
Heat interim coach Ron Rothstein said Miami's 99-93 loss. "That's
all I can tell you. I don't know. I'm going to try to find out. I'm
concerned but as of right now I don't know what the deal is."
Calls placed to a Miami Beach police spokesman seeking further
comment and details were not returned Sunday. A call to Hite's cell
phone by The Associated Press was not returned and the team
declined to comment.
Hite, a former University of Miami standout, signed with the
Heat an undrafted free agent in August. Hite scored a season-high
16 points for the Heat on Jan. 4. He has averaged 4.3 points in 12
games for the defending NBA champions.