Take Away His Crown: Tyreke Evans Must be Suspended by the Kings

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IAugust 1, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 06:  Tyreke Evans #13 of the Sacramento Kings in action during their game against the Miami Heat at ARCO Arena on December 6, 2009 in Sacramento, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Sacramento Kings must suspend their best player Tyreke Evans for at least 10 games.

According to a Fox Sports article, Evans has pleaded no contest to reckless driving. He's also had his license suspended for 30 days, has three years of informal probation, 80 hours of alternative sentencing and he must participate in two different California Highway Patrol programs.

The scary part is that Evans had been clocked between 120-130 miles-per-hour! Yet, the punishment for his no contest plea was a slap on the wrist. With that being said, the more troubling news from the story is that he was suspected of racing another car.  

This situation is similar but far worse than what Josh Howard did in 2008 while a member of the Dallas Mavericks. The major difference between the two was the speed at which the two were racing. 

Regardless of what Howard did and what his punishment was, Evans needs to be made an example of. Not only for the Kings organization, but for the NBA, as well as their fans.

This kind of behavior by Evans should not be tolerated, and it shouldn't just be left up to the law enforcement to punish Evans. 

What's interesting is that the NBA hasn't gotten involved with players involved in high-speed races. Over a decade ago Bobby Phills was killed in a race with former teammate David Wesley. Phills lost control of his Porsche and hit another vehicle. More of the story can be found here

Although, it's only once in a while that an NBA player makes headline for drag racing there still needs to be a punishment for their actions. It not only endangers the player's life but also anyone around them. 

Such as the example of what happened in Accokeek, Maryland on February 16th, 2008. A crowd of people were standing in a highway watching an illegal street race when a car not involved with the street racing drove into the crowd. 

As a result eight people lost their lives and details of what happened can be found at this link

Driving the normal speed limit is hard enough as it is adding speeds that nearly double the speed limit is asking for trouble. It's just as bad as if Evans was driving drunk. If that were the case he would have certainly been suspended. 

Malik Sealy lost his life because of a driver drunk who was driving down the wrong side of the highway. More details about the crash can be found here.  

Flip Saunders the coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves said "words can't express the loss that I feel today. Malik was a wonderful person who touched everybody in a special way."

The Kings aren't strangers either when it comes to car accidents, Bobby Hurley nearly died in a crash. Even though Hurley was able to recover from his injuries physically he never lived up to the potential that he had when he was drafted. 

While it's understandable that racing seems like a fun thing to do, the consequences of a mistake aren't worth it—whether it's being caught by the police, ending up getting killed, or killing someone else. 

At the end of the day, it isn't worth it. If Evans wanted to race cars, then he should go to a race track that offers drag racing. It certainly it shouldn't be done on the highway putting peoples lives on the line. 

This is why the Kings have to take action against Evans. Yes, it was a mistake, but he needs to learn that there will be consequences not only from the law enforcement side but also from the team as well, especially when acting so stupidly.

A 10 game suspension would be a good way to start for the Kings as well as put the NBA on notice that a player in the league driving that carelessly will not be tolerated, and will get no special treatment just because law enforcement stepped in. 

Here's the video of Evans' speeding: