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Phoenix Suns player vows to change his life after receiving DUI

Many people in America enjoy gathering to watch their favorite sports team. Whether it is basketball, football, baseball or soccer, many Wisconsin residents idolize these amazing athletes and look up to them as significant role models. Although some athletes may gain media attention for being involved in a negative situation, the story may become an important learning experience for both the athlete and their fans.

One such basketball player for the Phoenix Suns was recently pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol. Despite the DUI charges, the president of the Phoenix Suns resigned the star player for a contract that will pay out $16 million over the next three years. He released a statement saying that the organization supports and accepts the player’s decision to make the changes necessary to better his life.

Arizona law enforcement arrested the player after finding that he had a blood alcohol content of 0.22 percent, which is drastically higher than Arizona’s legal BAC limit of 0.08 percent. In addition to paying $2,750 in fines and spending three days in jail, the suns player will be required to use an ignition interlock device on his vehicle for a period of 18 months. He also received a five year probation period and will be required to undergo counseling for alcohol abuse.

People who are charged with a DUI may be unaware of the severe consequences that a DUI conviction can have on their lives. It may be in the person’s best interest to obtain reputable legal counsel from a knowledgeable DUI defense attorney.

Source: CBS Sports, “P.J. Tucker gets three days in jail, apologizes for ‘super extreme DUI’,” Zach Harper, Aug. 5, 2014. 

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