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Iowa's Anthony Tucker Arrested for Public Intoxication

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 24:  Anthony Tucker #1 of the Iowa Hawkeyes looks on from the bench against the Wichita State Shockers during the CBE Classic consolation game on November 24, 2009 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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B.Senior Analyst IDecember 20, 2009

Things just went from bad to worse for the Iowa men's basketball team.

According to police reports, starting guard Anthony Tucker was arrested for public intoxication in Iowa City early Sunday morning. Police responded to a 911 call at an apartment complex concerning a dispute about cab fare.

Tucker is only 20 years old, and not legally allowed to drink in the state of Iowa.

The report claims that someone attempted to assault the cab driver, but doesn't mention whether it was Tucker or another individual.

This is not the first time Tucker has been in trouble with the law. Last December, he faced a similar charge after he was found passed out in the alley behind a bar in Iowa City. He was subsequently suspended from the team for several games.

After Iowa's win over the Drake Bulldogs on Saturday, Tucker denied recent rumors floating around about the possibility of a transfer. In an interview after the game, Tucker told reporters that he is often wrongly perceived because he rarely shows any emotion on the court.

Off the court, that emotional display appears to rear its ugly head.

It is unclear what action coach Todd Lickliter will take regarding this matter.  Suspension is definite, but as this is Tucker's second arrest in a little over a year, disciplinary action might be elevated. 

If his recent Facebook status is any indication ("Im outta here"), he is likely off the team.

Tucker has started all 11 games for the Hawkeyes this season. He is second on the team in scoring, averaging almost 12 points per game.

Losing one-fifth of its total offense heading into the Big 10 season doesn't make things any easier for the young Hawkeye squad.

UPDATE:  Anthony Tucker has been suspended indefinitely from the basketball team following his arrest Sunday morning for public intoxication.  Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta confirmed the suspension Sunday afternoon.

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