J-Rich suspended two games for DUI

Jason Richardson

Jason Richardson

The NBA officially suspended Suns guard Jason Richardson today for two games without pay after he pled guilty to driving under the influence in December.

Assuming he does not get hurt and start the season on the injured list, he will miss the team’s first two games on Oct. 28 at the Clippers and Oct. 30 back home against the Warriors. I would guess that Leandro Barbosa will take his place in the starting lineup.

You might remember J-Rich had only been a Sun for about a week and a half when he was pulled over at 2:48 a.m. on Dec. 21 (a late Saturday night/Sunday morning) for suspicion of DUI hours after putting up a 19-7-6 line in a big home win over Denver.

J-Rich was also suspended for the Clippers game coming out of the All-Star break last season for “conduct detrimental to the team” after he drove 90 in a 35 with his 3-year-old son in the backseat without a child seat over All-Star weekend. He was booked into jail that Sunday night (Feb. 15)  “on counts [of] endangerment, reckless driving, failure to use a child seat and excessive speed,” according to The Arizona Republic.

Some more Amare linkage

Paola Boivin further analyzed some of Amare’s recent comments in terms of how they relate to his new Sun Tzu obsession, and TrueHoop’s Kevin Arnovitz took a stab at Amare Stoudemire the Taoist.

You know it’s a slow news week when Amare opening his mouth gets analyzed to the point of paralysis by pretty much everyone that cares about the Suns, and I’m certainly guilty on that count as well.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire Jason Richardson

  • jyoung4

    People make mistakes, DUI is a hard one to forgive, but people jump on athletes too fast.

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  • Sbordone

    I don’t think people jump on athletes too fast at all. Although I understand that athletes are just like everyday people, it bothers me how time and time again athletes keep making the same mistakes. They have to understand that people are going to scrutinize them much more than everyone else. I just don’t understand how athletes can make so much money but not have any sense of moral judgment. Sometimes they think they are above the law (see Plaxico Burres, PacMan Jones). It’s good to see Roger Goodell lay down the law. Shame Stern and other commissioners aren’t the same.

  • Benjamin

    I agree with Sbordone. I think that athletes should be held to a higher standard than the rest of the general public. Kids look up to these guys and want to act like them. If kids see athletes getting off easy from the law then they are gonna think that what they did is acceptable.
    Personally I think that Richardson got off easy. Two games is nothing. If Jerry still ran the team Richardson would have been gone right after he got the DUI.


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