NBA Hands PJ Tucker a Suspension

PJ Tucker 2 By: Kayla Mortellaro

The Phoenix Suns announced today the NBA has suspended forward PJ Tucker three games without pay for his ‘super extreme DUI.’ The suspension begins with the first game of the 2014-2015 season.

Tucker was arrested in May for blowing a .222 blood alcohol level, which is classified as a ‘super extreme DUI’ in the state of Arizona.

In addition to his NBA suspension, he will serve three days in jail, 11 days on home detention and pay $2,750 in fines. Tucker also agreed to seek counseling along with serving five years of probation and an interlock system will be placed in his car for 18 months.

The Suns re-signed Tucker to a three-year, $16.5 million contract this summer after finding out about his arrest.

President of basketball operations for the Suns, Lon Babby said,

In considering this matter, we concluded PJ was sincere in his remorse and in his resolve to accept the consequences of his actions. We are convinced that he will take the necessary steps to avoid any such conduct in the future. The Suns do not in any way condone his conduct, but we do support him as he works through this.”

Tucker released a statement also indicting his remorse and desire to make changes in his life,

I am truly sorry and I take full responsibility for my actions. No excuses. It is now my responsibility to examine my life and make the changes necessary to ensure this never happens again. That process has begun and will continue with the love and support of my family, friends, and of course, the amazing Phoenix Suns. I will not let you down.”