Marreese Speights Suspended 1 Game for Pleading No Contest to Reckless Driving

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 13, 2015

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 7:  Marreese Speights #5 of the Golden State Warriors prepares to shoot a free throw against the New York Knicks on February 7, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors center Marreese Speights has reportedly been suspended one game without pay, stemming from an incident last August.   

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reported Speights' suspension on Twitter:

On March 3, per Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group, Speights pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving after he was arrested in Tampa on August 5 and originally charged with driving under the influence: "Speights, who paid $903 in fines and court costs, was originally charged with driving under the influence. He was arrested the morning after his 27th birthday and submitted to two tests showing unlawful breath alcohol content levels of .103 and .106 percent, according to the incident log."

Speights' suspension will take place Friday when the Warriors travel to Denver for a game with the Nuggets. The 27-year-old has been a valuable piece for Golden State this season, ranking fourth on the team with 11.0 points per game despite primarily coming off of the bench and averaging less than 17 minutes per game.

At 51-12, the Warriors own the NBA's best record and have a seven-game lead for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Andrew Bogut, who has been the primary starting center, and Festus Ezeli will likely play a more prominent role Friday in Speights' absence. 

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