Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few was cited for DUI last month and video has surfaced from the traffic stop, showing him arguing with police officers and being combative during the interrogation. According to footage obtained by TMZ Sports, Few told officers sobriety tests were “totally subjective” and refused to exit his vehicle when asked, disregarding requests to remove his hands from pockets while being asked.
During the stop, Few tells an officer he does not “trust” his ankles or knees, which have been repaired from previous injuries, enough to step into the light for a sobriety test and requests to speak with his attorney.
Few was stopped around 8 p.m. PT in Idaho, according to the police report. Police pulled Few over after receiving a report that he was driving erratically and speeding, according to the report. Few supposedly exhibited “several signs of intoxication.” Police say he refused to complete field sobriety tests, but provided breath samples of .119 and .120, both over the legal limit of .08.
Few released a statement shortly after the DUI stop.
“I believe as a leader and role model, I am expected to set only the best example,” Few said in part. “The decisions I made yesterday do not exemplify this standard and for that, I sincerely apologize to you all. I recognize that operating a motor vehicle after consuming any amount of alcohol exhibits poor judgment. Regardless of the outcome of the pending investigation, I will never allow such a lapse in judgment to occur again. Please know that I am committed to learning from this mistake and will work to earn back your trust in me.
“I deeply regret disappointing any of the members of the community, the young men and women who comprise my campus community, and the University as a whole. In particular, I am sorry for the hurt that I have caused to those most important to me — my family, my players, and my program. I am exceedingly grateful to those who continue to offer support to me, especially my wife and children. Thank you.”
Gonzaga is coming off a season in which it reached the national championship game, but fell 86-70 to Baylor. After the game in April, Few was asked what he learned about himself and his players after playing a season through the COVID-19 pandemic.