DJ Mbenga Arrested in Dallas for Public Intoxication and Touching Police Officer

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2012

April 22, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets center D.J. Mbenga (28) during the second half in game three of the first round of the 2011 NBA playoffs against the Los Angeles Lakers at the New Orleans Arena. The Lakers defeated the Hornets 100-86.    Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
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DJ Mbenga, a former Dallas Mavericks reserve center, is making more headlines now than he did during his underwhelming NBA career.

The seven-footer was reportedly arrested around 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning for public intoxication and touching an officer at a restaurant in the Dallas area.

Rebecca Lopez and Matt Goodman of the local ABC affiliate, WFAA, dug up an interesting police report on the incident.

According to the report, as the law enforcement officers were walking into the restaurant, Mbenga palmed one of their chests, saying, “You move out of the way.”

That drew the ire of one officer, who responded by saying, “You don’t touch police, let alone make that statement.” Mbenga didn’t appreciate that, not when he was full of alcohol and trying to leave a restaurant at such a late hour.

The former center asked the officers, “You want to go?” before letting them know that he believes he is the boss. “I do what I want, so you move out of the way!” said Mbenga.

After stepping outside and failing half of his six sobriety tests to go along with his aggressive behavior, the 31-year-old was booked in a local jail.

We are sure that incidents like these will certainly make it harder for Mbenga to make it back into the NBA. He most recently tried out for the Mavericks in September, lasting approximately three weeks before being cut.

The Zaire native last played in the league from 2010-11 with the New Orleans Hornets, and he bounced around four different teams during his undistinguished seven-year career.

Mbenga did manage to become a two-time champion as a reserve player with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2007 to 2010. 

He averaged a mere 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in 6.7 minutes per game during his career.

We’ll keep you updated right here on Bleacher Report with the latest breaking news concerning Mbenga’s arrest in Dallas, so stay tuned.