Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley was arrested by Scottsdale Police early Tuesday morning on a marijuana charge. Per the release from the police department:
On 08/06/13 at 1:15 am SPD made a stop for a traffic violation in the area of Scottsdale and McCormick Roads. As the officer approached the vehicle he could smell marijuana emanating from within the car. A search of the driver’s area recovered marijuana that was impounded. The driver, identified as Michael Beasley, was booked pending charges for possession of marijuana and released.
It’s the third time Beasley has found himself in legal trouble since joining the Suns just more than a year ago. The forward was investigated for an alleged sexual assault and also had a brush with the law after being pulled over on a separate traffic violation. Both incidents occurred in January, and though neither led to any punishment, it was a bad sign of things to potentially come.
Charged or not on this third strike, the Lance Blanks experiment has gone completely awry. No longer is Beasley going to receive the benefit of the doubt.
I was told just a few weeks ago the Suns would have a zero tolerance policy on that bum Beasley.
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo620) August 6, 2013
The next interactions between Beasley and the Suns might involve the word “stretch.”
Beasley took on his demons when the Suns made him their first free agent signing in the post-Steve Nash era. Blanks called him a “big kid” and said his personality was contagious.
“I want to take my past head-on,” Beasley said during his introductory press conference. “What happened, happened. It was part of a growing process. I’m still a young man, I’m still learning today. The mistakes I’ve made in the past are hopefully behind me.”
“I’ve realized what I have to do,” Beasley added when asked about his marijuana use. “And I’ve realized 10 minutes of feeling good isn’t really worth putting my life and my career and my legacy in jeopardy. I’m confident to say that part of my life, that part of my career, is over.”
Beasley averaged 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 2012-13.