Golden State Warriors forward-center Marreese Speights has reportedly been arrested on charges of driving under the influence, according to the Tampa Bay Police Department.
Diamond Leung of IBABuzz.com passed along the details:
Speights was arrested at 3:31 a.m. ET after submitting to two breathalyzer tests showing blood alcohol contents of .103 and .106, according to officer Derek Lang.
Speights became involved in a traffic stop after an officer pulled him over due to a failure to yield right of way while pulling out of a driveway in a black 2012 Bentley, according to Lang. He was booked and later released on $500 bond.
A 27-year-old, Speights will be entering his seventh NBA season. He was a first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2008 after winning two national championships at the University of Florida in 2007 and 2008.
New Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told Leung in a story for the San Jose Mercury News that the goal was to get Speights used to being a center again after spending time last season as a power forward.
"We're going to need him to back up that center spot," Kerr said. "So he'll be a factor for us, but he's got to come to camp in great shape.
Speights has bounced around the NBA over the last three years, playing with the Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers before finally landing in Golden State last season. He appeared in 79 games with the Warriors and averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game during the regular season.
Unfortunately, this incident could cloud Speights' recent progress with the team. In seven playoff appearances last season, Speights averaged 23.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per 36 minutes. Combined with the comments from his head coach about his role moving forward, this incident will be disappointing for both Speights and the team.
The Warriors will have time to evaluate the situation and determine their next course of action, but Speights has to be made aware of the severity of this issue.
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