P.J. Tucker may have damaged his reputation as a team player and fan favorite among Phoenix Suns supporters following his super extreme DUI back in May, but he’s already faced his first tangible punishment for the offense. According to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, Tucker was sentenced to three days in jail and 11 days of house arrest.
Tucker has already served this punishments and although a super extreme DUI comes with a minimum of 45 days in jail, Tucker’s sentence was reduced when he agreed to install an interlock ignition device on his car for 18 months. Tucker plead guilty to his offense of a super extreme DUI, which is classified as an any DUI with a blood alcohol content of .20 or greater.According to Coro, Tucker also had to pay $2,750 in fines and was put on five years of probation.
The Suns recently re-signed P.J. Tucker to a three-year, $16.5 million deal and they were aware of Tucker’s DUI incident during the process. The move to re-sign him, especially to such an overpriced deal, may seem like the Suns are condoning Tucker’s negligent actions, but if anything, the organization is doing the right thing by standing by him and supporting him in his time of need.
As I’ve covered before, Tucker gave the Suns everything he had in 2013-14 and it only seems right Phoenix stands by him now. In a prepared statement, Tucker apologized to the fans for his actions and seemed sincere in his regret for what he’d done.
“… we concluded that P.J. was sincere in his remorse and in his resolve to accept the consequences of his actions” http://t.co/PM0Ryz9FQT
— Kevin Zimmerman (@offensivelyfoul) August 5, 2014
Now Tucker will need to work to repair his image and his relationship with the fans. Last year Tucker had a breakout season, averaging 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while usually defending the other team’s best player. He was the first to dive for loose balls, he was a leader in the locker room and he knocked down 38.7 percent of his three-pointers.
If he can continue that momentum and get his act together, the last remaining punishment he’ll have to deal with would come from the NBA. In addition to his court sentence, the NBA could choose to suspend Tucker for a few games, but as of right now no further sentence has been handed down.