Tyreke Evans was suspended by the NBA on Friday for reckless driving. Tyreke Evans getting suspended wasn’t the only move by the NBA either, as they suspended three players for their off-the-court actions during this past offseason. The NBA seems to want to crack down on players who are breaking the law and getting caught, and on Friday three players finally game into the crosshairs of the NBA front office. In addition to Evans, Brandon Rush of the Indiana Pacers and Kenny Hasbrouck of the Miami Heat were also suspended. These suspensions come without pay, meaning that all three players will be losing a big chunk of salary for the time that they are now forced to miss.
According to ESPN, Rush was suspended for five games by the NBA for violating the league’s drug agreement, Tyreke Evans was suspended one game for pleading no contest to reckless driving in California, and Hasbrouck was suspended for two games for pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated in New York. It really appears that the NBA isn’t taking kindly to NBA players who feel that they are above the law, but it might be surprising to some that the league was so lenient on the Sacramento Kings guard. Evans made the news when he was first arrested and detained, but again when a video emerged from a helicopter that spotted his car apparently racing against another car down the highway. Evans was allegedly weaving in and out of traffic, and it seemed like he came very close to losing control of the car several times. We posted that video at the end of the article if you wish to view it.
The NBA is sending a pretty clear message here that players are not going to get away with making headlines like these off the court, and that they are going to be strict when it comes to enforcing punishments. It seems, at least on paper, to be a good way to clean up the league, but that will only be the end results if these things stop happening. Most people are tired of seeing athletes on the front page of newspapers for getting arrested, being involved in a murky situation, or not keeping themselves under control in their private lives. Athletes certainly need to blow off steam like the rest of us, but there is a limit to what they can do while they are spending free time in clubs or in their fancy new cars.