Phoenix Suns Player P.J. Tucker Faces DUI Charges


P.J. Tucker

Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker in an arrest booking photo. Tucker, who police say had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit for operating a vehicle in Arizona, was charged with ‘extreme drunken driving.’ Tucker has since signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract — $12.7 million guaranteed — with the Suns.

Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker was sentenced Aug. 5 to three days in jail and 11 days of home detention for a “super extreme” DUI earlier this year.

In May, Tucker was pulled over by the police in Arizona with a blood alcohol level of .22.  The legal limit in Arizona is .08.

Tucker also agreed to undergo counseling for substance abuse, pay $2,750 in fines, put an interlock device on his car for 18 months and has been placed on probation for up to five years.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the people of Phoenix for their love and support during my time as a Phoenix Sun,” Tucker said in a statement. “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,” he added. “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.”

Despite the incident, Tucker signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Suns in July.

According to the Associated Press, Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby in a statement said the Suns don’t condone Tucker’s actions, but will support him as he works through the situation.

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