Greg Monroe urinated on himself during arrest (Sep 10 12:00 ET )
Pistons' forward Greg Monroe, who has been suspended for the first two games of the season after pleading guilty to DUI, "urinated on himself during the booking process," according to the police report from his arrest.
Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe was suspended for two games without pay by the NBA on Tuesday after pleading guilty to driving while visibly impaired in Michigan. Monroe signed a one-year deal worth $5.5 million with the Pistons on Monday and will miss Detroit's first two games of the upcoming season, at Denver on October 29 and at Minnesota the next night. "The organization is aware of the matter," the Pistons said in a statement. Monroe, 24, averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists for the Pistons last season and has averaged 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 309 NBA games for Detroit.
A few days removed from agreeing to a one-year, $5.5 million qualifying offer from the Detroit Pistons, power forward Greg Monroe received a two-game suspension without pay upon "pleading guilty to driving while visibly impaired," according to an NBA press release. “I take full responsibility for my actions and made a regrettable mistake,” Monroe, 24, said in a separate statement. “I apologize to my family, the Pistons’ organization, my teammates and fans. I will learn from this and continue my work to be a positive influence in the community.” Phoenix Suns small forward P.J. Tucker received a three-game suspension from the league after pleading guilty to a "super extreme" charge of driving under the influence last month. That arrest came prior to the Suns signing Tucker to a three-year, $16.5 million contract earlier this summer. In Michigan, where Monroe's arrest occurred, " operating while visibly impaired means that because of alcohol or other drugs, your ability to operate a motor vehicle was visibly impaired ." It is a lesser charge than driving while intoxicated, although a first offense can still result in up to a $300 fine, 93 days in jail and/or 360 hours of community service in addition to a restricted driver's license. "The organization is aware of the matter resulting in the NBA's announced two-game suspension for Greg Monroe," the Pistons said in a coordinated release with Monroe. "Greg has taken responsibility in a conscientious manner and resolved the matter with his representatives." Monroe will now miss a pair of road games against the Nuggets and Timberwolves to start the season before making his expected debut at home against the Nets on Nov. 1. For a player who is now banking on a big season to cash in as an unrestricted free agent next summer, this isn't the best start. Meanwhile, new Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy will get a brief test of what it might be like should Monroe sign elsewhere in 2015, likely playing Josh Smith at the power forward position to begin the year.
The Scoop:"I take full responsibility for my actions and made a regrettable mistake," said Monroe. "I apologize to my family, the Pistons' organization, my teammates and fans." He recently signed a one-year qualifying offer with the Pistons, but now he won't make his season debut until Nov. 1 against the Nets. Other players with season-opening suspensions include Nick Calathes, P.J. Tucker and Raymond Felton.