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NBA Player DUIs Are Not Only Bad For The Teams

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Feb 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Golden State Warriors sit atop the National Basketball Association (NBA) leaderboard, thanks not only to star players Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, but due to contributions from all the players on the team. When a player gets in trouble with the law, they may find themselves facing a suspension, which could jeopardize the entire team's record and league standings. A few NBA teams have recently found themselves playing a man down, as the result of a player getting arrested for drinking and driving.

Former NBA players are also finding themselves on the wrong side of a breathalyzer. Marshall University basketball assistant coach, and former Los Angeles Laker Chris Duhon was arrested on charges of extreme DUI in West Virginia, which led to a suspension from his coaching job. According to one report, Duhon was found by police asleep behind the wheel. After he was roused, he failed field sobriety tests, and his blood alcohol level came in at .202% BAC, more than twice the legal limit.

Last summer, former Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson also got into trouble with the law when he took to the road in California. In the early morning hours on the 101 near Hollywood, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer reportedly witnessed Lawson travelling at a high rate of speed. When he was pulled over, he appeared to be intoxicated. He was taken into jail, and later released on bond.

Less than a week after he left a private alcohol treatment program, he was traded to the Houston Rockets. Now Lawson begins the new year with the Rockets suspending him for three games without pay, as a result of his California DUI. He pleaded guilty to driving while impaired and a lane violation.

Unfortunately for Lawson, it was his second DUI arrest of the year, after he started out 2015 with a DUI arrest in January in Denver. After leaving a Nuggets social event at about 10 p.m., he was pulled over a few hours later, when the officer noted slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and the strong smell alcohol on his breath. As a college student at the University of North Carolina, in 2008 Lawson also plead guilty to a charge of underage drinking and driving.

NBA free agent Shawne Williams will also be facing criminal charges related to a car accident he was in last month. After police responded to the scene of an accident, the former University of Memphis player had left the scene, returning about 20 minutes later driving his Rolls Royce with two children in the back, both without seatbelts. Police reportedly smelled of marijuana. Two other drivers were taken to the hospital, and Williams was charged with DUI, driving with a suspended license, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police do not discriminate when it comes to DUI arrests, even for professional athletes. If you end up under arrest on suspicion of a DUI, contact a DUI lawyer who has dedicated their legal career to defending people facing criminal charges in the East Bay. With over 30 years of experience, Lynn Gorelick understands how a drunk driving conviction can affect your future, and how to fight to keep a conviction off your record. If you are facing a DUI or other crime, contact the local East Bay DUI defense attorney who understands that you do not have to plead guilty just because you were arrested.

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Lynn Gorelick

Lynn Gorelick has been an attorney for 30 years. She is the Attorney Lynn Gorelick is the President of the California DUI Lawyers Association and a Faculty and Sustaining member of the National College of DUI Defense.

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