Phoenix Suns forward PJ Tucker suspended for super extreme DUI

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Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker has been suspended by the NBA for three games without pay for what has been described by police as a "super extreme driving under the influence charge" in Arizona, his team announced Tuesday.

The 29-year old Tucker pleaded guilty to the charge at a hearing on Monday. He was arrested for an extreme DUI in May, although reports of the arrest did not arise until a few days ago.

Extremely Over the Limit

Tucker was charged on four counts, according to the reports. He faced a severe penalty of 45 days in jail for registering a .222 blood alcohol level, nearly three times the legal limit.

He has been sentenced to three days in jail as well as 11 days of house arrest, but will be allowed to leave for work for no more than 12 hours per day.


Tucker previously released a statement through the team that read: "I would like to express my gratitude to the people of Phoenix for their love and support during my time as a Phoenix Sun. Thank you to the Phoenix Suns organization for supporting me throughout this difficult time. And, of course my wife Tracey, family and friends, who just keep loving me.

"I cannot express how much I appreciate and value the many blessings that I have been given - love and abundance that I never imagined. I am truly blessed. I am so grateful that no one was hurt as a result of my choice to drive impaired."

Breakout Year

A second-round draft in the 2006 NBA draft, Tucker played one season with the Toronto Raptors before heading overseas to play in Israel, Ukraine, Greece, Italy and Germany.

He returned to the U.S. prior to the 2012-13 season, joining Phoenix on a two-year deal. Tucker made 81 starts at small forward in what was a breakout year last season, averaging 9.4 points a game to go along with 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game while hitting 38.7 percent of his 3-pointers and routinely defending the opposition's top perimeter scoring option.

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