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Charlie Bell showed up drunk to his DUI court date

In October, Golden State Warriors backup guard Charlie Bell was arrested in Flint, MI for a DUI. That arrest followed a troublesome series of events for Bell, including another DUI arrest in February and an alleged stabbing by his wife Kenya Bell in May. Clearly, something is the matter in Bell's personal life.

On Thursday, he may have hit rock bottom, because Bell arrived at a hearing for his October DUI with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit. From Rusty Simmons for SFGate.com (via EOB):

Warriors reserve guard Charlie Bell spent hours in custody Thursday after showing up to court legally drunk for a hearing on his drunken driving case, according to the ABC affiliate in Flint, Mich.

Bell was held, in a district court holding cell, on a bond violation until he sobered up. He's expected back in court Friday, which marks the start of Warriors training camp for the rest of his teammates. [...]

That case was set to be resolved Thursday morning, until Bell blew a reported .09 during a pre-scheduled alcohol assessment.The legal limit is .08.

Clearly, Bell needs professional help. He had mentioned as a potential candidate for the amnesty clause -- he's set to make about $4 million this season before becoming a free agent next summer -- but being waived at this time is probably the worst thing for him as a person. He needs infrastructure, and if he becomes a free agent that might be harder to find.

The Warriors obviously have the right to do with Bell as they please, and if they release him it may serve as a wakeup call. Whatever happens, Bell needs to take stock of his life and think about his future, whether it happens on the court or not. We wish him well.

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