Michael Beasley cited for traffic violations, Suns respond

During the same week that Michael Beasley is showing he might be worth the headaches and a $6 million per year contract, a recent news story has quickly put that thought back into serious question.

Beasley was cited for multiple traffic violations on Jan. 25 in Scottsdale, according to a FOIA request by ArizonaSports.com. The Phoenix Suns forward allegedly was pulled over for going 71 mph in a 45 mph zone, then cited for driving with a suspended license, an expired registration and no license plate displayed on the back of his car.

Beasley was handcuffed but not arrested, and he passed a test administered for driving under the influence.

It was determined that Beasley’s Arizona license had been suspended for failure to appear in court on a separate traffic violation last year, but he still had a valid Florida driver’s license. Beasley was cooperative with officers, according to the report. Asked if there were drugs or weapons in the vehicle, Beasley said there was a loaded pistol in the center armrest of the backseat — that did not break any Arizona law.

The involved officer admitted to cutting Beasley a break, and the forward is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 11.

The Suns released a statement on the issue Monday afternoon:

“We are aware that Scottsdale Police stopped and cited Michael Beasley for motor vehicle infractions at approximately 1:10 a.m. on January 25, 2013. After being briefly detained on-site, he was released. According to the police report, Michael was ‘cooperative’ and ‘no impairment was found’ following field sobriety tests. We have discussed the matter with Michael and at this time do not believe any further action by the Club is warranted.”

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