A not-so-happy birthday for Golden State Warriors big man Marreese Speights, who was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly driving under the influence in Tampa, FL.
Speights, who turned 27 this past Monday, was arrested at 3:31 a.m. ET according to a Hillsborough County arrest report. He was arrested on Kennedy Blvd. and MacDill Ave. South after failing to yield to the right of way while pulling out of a driveway in a black 2012 Bentley. Warriors beat writer Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group had some more information on the arrest.
“The officer detected indicators of impairment, and Speights after agreeing to roadside field sobriety exercises was arrested and transported to a breath testing facility, according to the incident log.”
Speights submitted two breathalyzer tests, which showed his blood alcohol contents to be .103 and .106, which are both above Florida’s legal limit of .08. He was released on a $500 bond at 11:47 a.m. ET.
A six-year NBA veteran, Speights is a Florida-native originally from St. Petersburg, FL. Playing for the University of Florida from 2006-08, he most notably won a NCAA championship in 2007 before declaring himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft. He was picked 16th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers and has bounced around the league as a role player renowned for his gritty style of play.
After playing for the Sixers for three years, he spent time with Memphis Grizzlies and the Cleveland Cavaliers before becoming a free agent in 2013. That summer, he signed a three-year, $11 million contract with the Warriors.
He’s currently signed on with the Warriors for the next two years, with the last year being a player option. Last season, Speights averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds for Golden State.
Ironically, he told Leung just last July that his top priority was to improve his conditioning as he hoped to play a more significant role playing as the backup power forward and center. According to other reports, Speights was also hoping to extend his range to give Golden State the stretch four they so highly coveted. This most recent turn of events will play a huge part in determining Speights’ future with the team and the rest of the NBA.
He is likely to miss up to two games if found guilty for DUI.