Just when Suns fans were beginning to believe that the signing of Michael Beasley during the off-season to a three-year 18 million dollar contract wasn’t such a bad idea, Michael Beasley is set to convince Planet Orange otherwise.
Prior to Beasley’s arrival in Phoenix, he’s always had issues with law enforcement. Beasley was pulled-over by the cops on a several occasions since his arrival in the NBA in 2008 including once during the summer of 2011 when Beasley was pulled over by a Minnesota officer in the suburbs of Minnesota and was convicted with DUI and possession of marijuana.
Michael Beasley was pulled over by a Scottsdale officer around the time of 1:10 A.M on January 25th 2013. Beasley was then cited for driving with a suspended licenses, driving with expired registration, failure to display license plate at the rear end of the automobile, and speeding. According to reports, Beasley was blazing down an 45 MPH zone at 71 MPH; Beasley is scheduled to appear in court on February 13th 2013.
The Suns issued this response to Beasley’s situation:
“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.”
According to the report, the officer would go on to handcuff Beasley at approximately 1:37 A.M and after escorting Beasley to the police vehicle it turns out that Beasley was too tall to fit in the back of the officer’s vehicle and the officer decided to “Cut him a break” And allowed Beasley to leave the scene as opposed to being taken to jail.
On the scene of the arrest, Beasley passed the DUI test but the officer noted that Beasley’s rate of speech was relatively slow and when asked if Beasley knew why he was pulled-over, Beasley responded by saying “No, not really.” It’s also noted that Beasley had passengers in the car with him at the time; Beasley also had a loaded pistol in the back seat of the car which doesn’t violate any Arizona laws fortunately for him.
This is definitely a setback for both Michael Beasley and the Phoenix Suns organization no doubt. Beasley seemed to be making strides as a player after Alvin Gentry was let go but controversy has found Mr. Beasley yet again. Beasley’s character has been in question for a long time but after Beasley became a father and got out of Minnesota, a place he didn’t really want to be in the first place, many people believed that he was headed for change for the better; proved those people wrong Beas!
“I’m just playing aggressive,” Beasley said after his 27 point game against the Lakers(five days after this incident). “I’m trying to turn over a new leaf. No more nonchalant Beas. I’m back to the Beast.”
Michael Beasley promised change before, but should Planet Orange take him seriously this time around?