Denver Nuggets troubled point guard is in trouble again. First reported by TMZ, Lawson was arrested in Los Angeles on Tuesday at 1:30 A.M. for suspicion of a DUI. He was arrested in January of 2015 for the same charge.
Jesse Paul and Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post have more on the arrest:
Lawson is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail at the Los Angeles County jail, records show.
The California Highway Patrol says Lawson was pulled over driving a white Mercedes-Benz on U.S. 101 — known as the Hollywood Freeway — after an officer spotted him traveling “at a high rate of speed” about 1:30 a.m.
“He displayed several signs of symptoms of alcohol intoxication,” officer Kevin Tao told The Denver Post.
Tao said Lawson had $6,000 in cash on him at the time of his arrest.
“He verbally identified himself as a professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets,” Tao said.
This is the worst possible time for Lawson to get in trouble. The Nuggets tried trading Lawson at the trade deadline, but weren’t able to make a deal. After drafting Emmanuel Mudiay at the 2015 NBA Draft, Lawson was furious and expressed his anger publicly. Getting traded this offseason looked like a guarantee. Not many teams will be looking for his services now.
Few teams had Ty Lawson trade interest, but were waiting on Denver to lower cost. His value’s cratered now. He needs to deal w/ his issues.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 14, 2015
Minus the character issues, Lawson has NBA talent. He averaged 15.2 points and a career best 9.6 assists per game last season per ESPN.com. If Lawson gets his act together and starts acting like a professional, he will find success in the NBA.
The chances of him getting traded will be slim until all the details on the investigation are out and the punishment is handed down. It’s time for the 27-year-old to grow up. There is no one to blame but himself.