Pistons assistant coach Tim Hardaway pleaded no contest to Michigan’s “super-drunk-driving” law.
So, you knew this was coming…
Detroit Pistons’ assistant coach Tim Hardaway has been suspended for three games for pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated with an excessive blood alcohol level, in violation of the law of the State of Michigan, the NBA announced today.
Hardaway will be suspended for the first three games of the 2016-17 NBA regular season.
Players and coaches typically receive a two-game suspension for their first drunk-driving offense, and Hardaway has no other drunk-driving suspension on record. But P.J. Tucker got three games for a “super extreme DUI” in Arizona, and Hardaway violated a similar law. That appears to explain the third game here.
Take a step back, and it seems strange the NBA is basing its suspension policy on differing state laws. After all, the league still punishes players who are caught using marijuana in states where it’s legal. Would someone with the same blood-alcohol content as Hardaway who is pulled over in a state with a single DUI threshold receive a two- or three-game suspension?
Alas, this is how the league ruled on Hardaway, and he’ll likely serve all three games without fuss.