Phoenix Suns players are typically treated as Arizona heroes. Locals have
watched their games for years, and any sports figure tends to be viewed
as larger than life. That is in part because sports fans get an adrenalin
rush from the games they watch and associate that excitement with the
players. Correspondingly, the personal troubles of players often get a
lot of media attention, even years after they retire from playing. Such
was the case of a retired Phoenix Suns player recently arrested on suspicion of
Tom Chambers, who played for the Phoenix Suns and then became a commentator,
was arrested on Dec. 17. Officers had noticed him weaving back and forth
while driving in the right lane of Scottsdale Road near Happy Valley Road.
The officer stopped him close to Pinnacle Vista Road.
According to the officer, Chambers stopped abruptly. The officer's
report says that Chambers had slurred speech and a flushed complexion,
as well as smelling of alcohol. He also refused to do a sobriety test,
saying it would be difficult even if he was sober. He went on to say that
an attorney had advised him against such tests.
Officers did obtain blood for testing, though the results of that test
have not yet been released publicly. A search revealed two cold Michelob
beers by the driver's seat, and Chambers admitted having had a few
beers at a football game he had been to. The game was the PAC-12 Championship
at Arizona State University.
A DUI is a serious offense. It affects the driver, passengers, people in
other cars and pedestrians. However, just because someone is arrested
for such a charge does not necessarily mean he or she is guilty. The prosecutor
must prove that guilt in court beyond a reasonable doubt. Phoenix criminal
defense attorneys work diligently to protect their clients' rights
in these and other cases, building strong defenses to the charges.
Source: NY Daily News, "
Former NBA star Tom Chambers tells police 'I know your boss' during
DUI arrest" Jaime Uribarri, Dec. 12, 2013