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Suns’ P.J. Tucker sentenced to 3 days in jail for ‘super extreme’ DUI 08.05.14 at 12:43 pm ET
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Suns forward P.J. Tucker was sentenced to three days in jail and 11 days of home detention Monday after pleading guilty to “super extreme” driving under the influence.

Tucker was arrested May 10 after driving with a blood alcohol level of .22, police said. The police report said his speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and he nearly fell over during the sobriety test.

Tucker agreed to put an interlock device on his car for 18 months, go to substance-abuse counseling and pay $2,750 in fines. He was placed on probation for up to five years.

“I am truly sorry and I take full responsibility for my actions. No excuses,” Tucker said in a statement. “It is now my responsibility to examine my life and make the changes necessary to ensure this never happens again.”

The Suns were aware of Tucker’s arrest when he signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract in early July.

“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,” Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said. “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.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: NFL VP defends league’s handling of Ray Rice case 07.29.14 at 8:07 am ET
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— The NFL has come under heavy criticism for being too light on Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was suspended two games after being arrested for allegedly striking his then-fiancee and knocking her unconscious while they were in an elevator in Atlantic City. On Monday, NFL senior vice president of labor policy Adolpho Birch attempted to explain and defend the league’s ruling.

“The discipline that was taken by the NFL is the only discipline that occurred, with respect to Mr. Rice, in this case,” Birch said in an interview on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike,” referring to Rice’s acceptance into a pretrial intervention program that will allow him to avoid a trial. “I think that, were he not an NFL player, I don’t know that he would be able to receive any punishment from any other source.

“On balance, we reviewed all the materials, listened to the persons we listened to, took the input of the Players Association. When we looked on balance at all of that, we believe that discipline we issued is appropriate. It is multiple games and hundreds of thousands of dollars. I think that’s fair to say that doesn’t reflect that you condone the behavior. I think we can put that to rest.”

MASHUP POLL: Was Ray Rice's two-game suspension fair?

  • He should have received a longer suspension based on the arrest and video (93%, 409 Votes)
  • Two games is reasonable based on the information we have (4%, 19 Votes)
  • He should not have been suspended at all, as he was not convicted of anything (2%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 438

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Rice reportedly will accept the two-game suspension and three-game fine that goes along with it, and Birch insists the penalty sends a strong message to other players.

“Listen, I think if you are any player and you think that based on this decision that it’s OK to go out and commit that kind of conduct, I think that is something that I would suggest to you that no player is going to go out and do that,” Birch said. “So in terms of sending a message about what the league stands for, we’ve done that. We can talk about the degree of discipline, we can talk about whether or not third parties need to be involved. I would suggest to you that a third party has been involved in this matter and that was the court that reviewed it, the prosecutor that reviewed it.

“But if it is a question about what the principle of the league is and what standards we stand by, that cannot be questioned. I think it is absolutely clear to all involved that the NFL does not condone domestic violence in any way and will not tolerate it in our league. I don’t know how you can reach a conclusion other than that although I certainly respect the opinion.”

— Meanwhile, ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith apologized Monday for his comments regarding the Rice situation, calling them “the most egregious of my career” during a taped segment on “First Take.”

“My words came across that it is somehow a woman’s fault. This was not my intent; it is not what I was trying to say. Yet the failure to clearly articulate something different lies squarely on my shoulders,” Smith said.

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Report: Suns reach 3-year agreement with P.J. Tucker 07.11.14 at 9:24 am ET
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The Suns have agreed to a three-year contract worth $16.5 million with forward P.J. Tucker, according to The Associated Press, with the third year only partially guaranteed.

Tucker, who was a restricted free agent, was a key defensive force and leader in the Suns’ surprising 48-34 season last year. He’s played for Phoenix since 2012.

The AP also reported that restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas visited the Suns on Thursday with more meetings set for Friday. Thomas averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 assists with the Kings last season. Sacramento is not expected to match any significant offer sheets.

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