National Basketball Association
Suns' Tucker suspended three games
National Basketball Association

Suns' Tucker suspended three games

Published Aug. 12, 2014 3:12 p.m. ET

Suns forward P.J. Tucker was suspended three games without pay for pleading guilty to driving while under the extreme influence of intoxicating liquor, in violation of the law of the State of Arizona, the NBA announced Tuesday.

Tucker's suspension will begin with the first game of the 2014-15 NBA regular season.

Tucker was sentenced to three days in jail and 11 days of home detention after pleading guilty to "super-extreme" DUI charge.

"I am truly sorry and I take full responsibility for my actions. No excuses," Tucker said in an Aug. 5 statement. "It is now my responsibility to examine my life and make the changes necessary to ensure this never happens again."


Police said Tucker had a blood alcohol level of .22 after he was arrested May 10 in Scottsdale, nearly three times the legal limit in Arizona. Tucker's Mercedes Benz was pulled over by a Scottsdale police officer, and the police report said his speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and he nearly fell over during the sobriety test.

Tucker agreed to put an interlock device on his car for 18 months, undergo substance abuse counseling and pay fines of $2,750. He was placed on probation for up to five years.

The Suns were aware of the arrest when Tucker signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract in early July.


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