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Phoenix Suns’ Babby releases statement on P.J. Tucker’s DUI arrest

Phoenix Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby released a statement Monday on forward P.J. Tucker’s super extreme DUI arrest.

“Like P.J. himself, the Phoenix Suns take P.J.’s behavior very seriously. We remain fully committed to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct as we develop a championship culture,” the statement said. “All of the members of our team, both on the court and in the front office, understand the importance of obeying the law and conducting ourselves in a way that honors our community.

“In considering this matter, we concluded that P.J. was sincere in his remorse and in his resolve to accept the consequences of his actions. We are convinced that he will take the necessary steps to avoid any such conduct in the future. The Suns do not in any way condone his conduct, but we do support him as he works through this.”

Reports of Tucker’s arrest sprang up last week, although the incident happened back in May. Tucker, 29, was arrested for “super extreme DUI” after rolling through a stop sign in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Tucker’s arrest came roughly a month after the end of Phoenix’s 2013-14 season. On July 23, he signed a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Suns. The 6-foot-6 Texas product started 81 games for the team last season at small forward.