Suns release statement on Tucker's DUI

P.J. Tucker of the Phoenix Suns reacts to a foul call during the first half against the Memphis...

P.J. Tucker of the Phoenix Suns reacts to a foul call during the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies at US Airways Center on April 14, 2014. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP)

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Phoenix Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby released a statement Monday on Suns forward P.J. Tucker, who was arrested for driving under the influence.

"Like P.J. himself, the Phoenix Suns take P.J.'s behavior very seriously," Babby said. "We remain fully committed to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct as we develop a championship culture," the statement said. "All of the members of our team, both on the court and in the front office, understand the importance of obeying the law and conducting ourselves in a way that honors our community.

"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. 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."

Tucker, 29, was arrested for extreme DUI in May, although reports of the arrest did not arise until a few days ago.

On July 23, Tucker signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Suns. He started 81 games last season and averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds.


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