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.”

  • Azbballfan

    Why was he driving around with a gun?

    How was his Florida liscence valid ?

    why was he going freaking 71 in a 45 MPH zone?

    if the officer cut him a break, what does that mean? did they search the car or just take his word that he had no drugs in it?

    Atleast he didnt screw it up even more by being drunk or not cooperating

    If that was me, instead of a millionaire basketball player, i would have been thrown in jail.

  • DBreezy

    Gambo has to be foaming at the mouth over this. His hatred of Beasley borders on frightening, especially for a ‘journalist’

  • Azbballfan

    Hey Debreezy

    I dont listen to Gambos’ show much

    has he said anything yet?

  • john


    1. It’s not illegal. If I were a high profile multimillionaire, I’d carry too.

    2. Traffic offenses (even criminal, to my knowledge) don’t cross state borders. Not only that, but the reason for his suspended license was failure to appear in court for a previous AZ offense. That wouldn’t carry over to FL. I’m not even sure if felony offenses would necessarily be recognized anywhere in the federation.

    3. Not an excuse for him, but who among us hasn’t gone 20+ over the limit? Or who hasn’t gone over the limit at all? Excessive speed is the lowest level of misdemeanor you can get. It’s not a big deal, and virtually the only jobs that would frown upon such actions are law enforcement and driving agencies (unless it’s NASCAR, :))

    4. I know over a dozen people who have been pulled over for criminal speeding. Not a single one of them has even been cuffed. Officers have the right to be lenient when filing traffic complaints. And EVERY officer I have ever known wouldn’t arrest someone for a traffic violation if it didn’t involve drugs, alcohol, or struck/killed victims. Beasley didn’t get that great of a break. The fact that he got cuffed and his car was impounded was worse than anyone I know who got caught going criminal speeds (most of whom received only civil complaints). For instance, one buddy of mine who was showing off his new car to his brother got a ticket for 125 in a 45 that was only filed as a civil complaint. He drove his car home. Beasley got it rough.

  • Tony

    So I guess Beasley is fitting right in with the new Suns-culture that Sarver and Babby have so wisely established! Although he was driving 71mph with a loaded firearm in the center console of his car, he was sober, so I’m sure Babby gave him a stern warning that next time he’s driving that fast over the speed limit with a loaded firearm in his car, he should at the very least be intoxicated as well. Otherwise, he’s just setting a very bad example!


    @ john what i guess you forgot in your defense of beasley is that he DIDNT SHOW UP FOR COURT previously…people are arrested and taken to jail for speeding 30 miles over the limit and not showing up for court on a prior…beasley got off easy.

  • john

    Doubt it still. No cop wants to go through the effort of an arrest for something so minor. At least no cop I know or have ever come across.

  • DBreezy


    I don’t listen to Gambo’s show either, outside of the occasional podcast replay when there is a guest of interest. However I do follow his tweets and he’s always railing on Beasley. Funny thing is he usually starts making shots as soon as Gambo complains.

  • Melon Man

    This guy has a ton of money and he can’t register his car?

    He’s carrying a Taurus?

    Can’t take the ghetto out of him I guess.

  • Michael Beasley

    Damn dawg, these cops always sweatin me. I had dank in the trunk taped inside my subwoofer! Lolz! That gun is registered ya’ll.

  • bk

    Man….. this a one week old. Why they are reporting this now?

  • Azbballfan

    Carrying a loaded gun in your car without the proper permit is illegal is most places, unless you live in backwardsville arizona

    Beasley got lucky

    If i was him, i would come up with some kind of excuse like “sorry officer, i know i was speeding, but i was trying to get to the gym to work on my jumpshot”

    or he could be mature like the other suns players and not get into trouble

    hey theres a thought.

    by the way i heard Marc Stein say that if Hunter doesnt work out as head coach that Sarver will likely want to clean out the whole front office

  • Whatever

    This isn’t news. And if you care about what Beasley does off the court maybe you should start paying more attention to the your own life. No one is perfect, stuff happens.

  • john

    It’s not illegal here, and at the beginning and end of the day, that’s all that matters. At no point when you are carrying in AZ are you subject to the statutes of any other state.

    There’s nothing wrong with carrying. There’s nothing wrong with chambering.

  • http://none Sillmarillion

    I don’t understand why most of you are making such a big deal about it. So he drove too fast. Who cares? It happened to me as well, it happens to anyone who is using his care more often than once in a month.
    He had a gun? So what. I heard it’s legal, the man is worth millions of dollars and wants to protect himself.

  • melon man

    Pretty ballsy for a guy that can’t make half of his shots on the court to assume that he only needs one bullet.

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