RC Buford: General Manager's DWI Ruins Spurs' Squeaky Clean Image

Austin GreenCorrespondent INovember 5, 2011

The San Antonio Spurs' clean-cut, 1950's-style image took a major hit Friday night when GM R.C. Buford was arrested for driving while intoxicated. 

In a sport and league that is inherently edgy, the Spurs have been able to maintain a remarkably clean public image.

Throughout the last two decades, San Antonio has been the least frightening, most politically correct team in the NBA.

Gregg Popovich runs a notoriously tight ship, they are constantly signing "high character" guys, and their franchise cornerstone is the most boring superstar in the history of sports.

Other than the occasional story about Tony Parker sleeping with a teammate's wife, the Spurs have been controversy-free since the mid-90s.

But that squeaky clean image was ruined with Buford's arrest.

I'm not sure how the Spurs ownership feels about alcohol, but it's not like he just had a few beers on a Friday night. He was hammered.

How can San Antonio expect their players to behave when the man calling the shots is getting drunk and crashing into fences?

The most unnerving part about this whole incident is that drunk driving has become a trend in the Buford household.

His son Chase was arrested on suspicion of DUI in 2009 and Alexis Mang-Irke Wangmene, who lists Buford as his legal guardian, received a DWI last February.

I hate to call for people's jobs, but if San Antonio wants to remain the model for wholesomeness, Buford has to go.