Marreese Speights, the 27-year-old power forward/center for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, was arrested in Tampa, Florida, in the early morning hours of August 5 for driving drunk. Speights was pulled over around 3:30 a.m. after police witnessed him failing to yield the right of way. Speights was arrested, blew two Breathalyzer tests, charged with a DUI and spent the night following his twenty-seventh birthday in lockup, according to Yahoo! News. Speights turned 27 on Aug. 4.
Speights was operating a black 2012 Bentley and pulling out of a driveway when the cops pulled him over. The police incident log states that the officer “detected indicators of impairment.” The Warriors’ power forward was arrested after undergoing roadside field sobriety exercises and was then taken to a breath testing facility. Speights took two Breathalyzer tests, blowing a .103 and then a .106 breath alcohol content. The legal limit in Florida is a .08.
The 27-year-old cooperated fully with police according to the arrest report. Speights was booked into the Hillsborough County Orient Road Jail. Police in Tampa say he paid his $500 bond and was released from jail at 11:47 a.m.
The Golden State Warriors issued a statement yesterday saying that the organization was aware of Speights’ arrest and DUI charge, and were in the process of obtaining additional information, according to FOX News. “As an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”
In Florida, “a first DUI conviction can carry with it up to six months in prison, up to one year of probation, 50 hours of community service, and a fine of between $500 and $1,000.” At sentencing, the judge overseeing the case has the discretion of sentencing those found guilty of a first DUI conviction to a residential alcohol/drug abuse treatment facility instead of prison.
Regarding any disciplinary actions from the NBA, Speights could be fined and/or suspended. The NBA has a recent history of imposing at least a two-game suspension for DUI convictions.
Speights is a Florida native who played college ball for the Gators at the University of Florida. He was picked up in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He’s been with the Warriors since 2013.
In seven playoff appearances last season, Speights averaged 23.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per 36 minutes. Combined with the comments from his head coach about his role moving forward, this incident will be disappointing for both Speights and the team. ~ The Bleacher Report