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Suns' Tucker gets jail time for DUI

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 04 2014 10:26:44 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 05 2014 10:00:04 AM CDT
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Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker pleaded guilty to super extreme driving under the influence at a hearing at Scottsdale (Ariz.) City Court on Monday and will spend three days in jail, multiple media outlets reported.

Tucker, 29, was arrested for extreme DUI in May, although reports of the arrest did not arise until a few days ago.

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.

In addition to the three days in jail, Tucker faces 11 days of house arrest, but will be allowed to leave for work for no more than 12 hours per day.

He must submit to substance abuse screening and counseling, and could face probation for up to five years. He must also pay $2,750 in fines, not including court costs and jail costs of up to $200 per day, according to the Arizona Republic.

Tucker released a statement through the team, which 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.

"I am truly sorry and I take full responsibility for my actions. No excuses. It is now my responsibility to examine my life and make the changes necessary to ensure this never happens again. That process has begun and will continue with the love and support of my family, friends and, of course, the amazing Phoenix Suns.

"There is both a lesson and an opportunity in this experience: I learned the lesson the hard way - the opportunity is to ensure others don't.

"The good that resulted from making this mistake is realizing people's capacity to forgive. Thank you all so much for the love and forgiveness that I have received throughout this time.

"I will not let you down. Thank you."

Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby released a statement, which read as follows:

"Like P.J. himself, the Phoenix Suns take P.J.'s behavior very seriously," Babby said. "We remain fully committed to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct as we develop a championship culture," the statement said. "All of the members of our team, both on the court and in the front office, understand the importance of obeying the law and conducting ourselves in a way that honors our community.

"In considering this matter, we concluded that P.J. was sincere in his remorse and in his resolve to accept the consequences of his actions. We are convinced that he will take the necessary steps to avoid any such conduct in the future. The Suns do not in any way condone his conduct, but we do support him as he works through this."

On July 23, Tucker signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Suns. He started 81 games last season and averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds.