Updates from Monday, August 4
The Suns released a statement on P.J. Tucker's arrest via arizonasports.com:
"Like P.J. himself, the Phoenix Suns take P.J.'s behavior very seriously. We remain fully committed to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct as we develop a championship culture," the statement said. "All of the members of our team, both on the court and in the front office, understand the importance of obeying the law and conducting ourselves in a way that honors our community.
"In considering this matter, we concluded that P.J. 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."
News is surfacing that Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker was arrested for a DUI in May.
Tucker's blood alcohol content registered at .201 on a preliminary breath test in the field on May 10, according to Scottsdale police. A driver is considered legally drunk for a DUI charge in Arizona at .08 blood-alcohol content. A blood test administered after Tucker was taken to jail and later analyzed by Arizona DPS showed his blood alcohol-content to be .222, according to the police report. A super extreme DUI is .20 or more.
The Arizona Republic's Twitter feed provided a look at the 29-year-old's mugshot:
Tucker, who was pulled over in Scottsdale, Arizona, at about 12:30 a.m. after rolling slowly through a stop sign and swerving in between lanes, faces four counts of DUI. The most severe (super extreme DUI) would get him a minimum of 45 days in jail if he is prosecuted.
According to Coro, however, a potential sentence can be reduced with the installation of an ignition interlock device and home arrest.
This news, of course, comes just days after Tucker's new three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Suns was made official.
"I cried," he said, via Coro, after signing the new deal. "It was emotional, man. It was an emotional time. Ain't anybody been through what I've been through."
Phoenix was aware of the charges against Tucker when it signed him.
The former Texas standout jumped around between the NBA and Europe before finally settling in with the Suns over the past two seasons. Last year, he started 81 games, averaging 9.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per contest.
He is quickly establishing himself as a top-notch defender and ideal glue guy, and with the new contract, it's clear the Suns are confident he'll continue to play a vital role on the court.