Golden State Warriors power forward/center Marreese Speights spent the night in jail after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Tampa, Fla., early Tuesday morning, according to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group : Speights was arrested at 3:31 a.m. ET and later submitted to two breathalyzer tests showing breath alcohol contents of .103 and .106, according to the incident log. Florida’s legal limit is .08. Speights became involved in a traffic stop after an officer pulled him over due to a failure to yield right of way while pulling out of a driveway in a black 2012 Bentley, according to the incident log. The officer detected indicators of impairment, and Speights after agreeing to roadside field sobriety exercises was arrested and transported to a breath testing facility, according to the incident log. Speights, who according to the incident report was cooperative, was booked at the Hillsborough County Orient Road Jail and later released on $500 bond at 11:47 a.m. ET, according to Tampa Police. Speights, a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., who played his college ball at the University of Florida, turned 27 on Monday. He averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 12.4 minutes over 79 appearances, including three starts, for Mark Jackson's Warriors in the first season of a three-year, $11 million deal signed last July . The Warriors issued a statement on Tuesday afternoon: The Warriors have released a statement regarding Mo Speights: pic.twitter.com/qokGqcEtzS — Jordan Ramirez (@JRAM_91) August 5, 2014 Under Florida laws , a first DUI conviction can carry with it up to six months in prison (which may be served in a residential alcohol/drug abuse treatment facility, depending on the court's discretion during sentencing), up to one year of probation, 50 hours of community service, and a fine of between $500 and $1,000. Once the legal process plays out, Speights could find himself subject to supplemental discipline by the Warriors and the NBA. Former Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd received a two-game suspension last fall for pleading guilty to driving while impaired while he was a member of the New York Knicks, as did former Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks forward Devin Ebanks, who pleaded no contest in a case stemming from a 2012 DUI charge. News of Speights' arrest comes on the heels of Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker received a three-day jail sentence for pleading guilty to a "super extreme DUI" charge in Scottsdale, Ariz. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
Dallas Mavericks forward Devin Ebanks has been suspended two games for pleading nolo contendere , or no contest, to driving under the influence of alcohol, the NBA announced Monday afternoon .
Ebanks was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI in the early hours on Nov. 9, 2012, in California while a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, the team that drafted him out of West Virginia in the second round of the 2010 NBA draft. California Highway Patrol officers pulled Ebanks over at 2:49 a.m. near Hollywood and booked him an hour later, according to Mike Bresnahan and Andrew Blankstein of the Los Angeles Times :
Ebanks was released later Friday morning after posting $5,000 bail. A post on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon encouraged his followers to celebrate a woman’s birthday Thursday night at Roxbury night club near Hollywood. [...]
It was Ebanks’ second incident with law enforcement in a little more than a year. Prosecutors declined to file charges against him last December after a woman alleged Ebanks sexually assaulted her three months earlier.