Greg Monroe has been suspended for drunk driving, the NBA announced today. Here's the NBA's official release:
NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2014 – Detroit Pistons’ forward/center Greg Monroe has been suspended for two games without pay for pleading guilty to driving while visibly impaired, in violation of the law of the State of Michigan, the NBA announced today.
Monroe’s suspension will begin with the first game of the 2014-15 NBA regular season.
This is extremely unfortunate news, and it certainly overshadows his lengthy and ultimately unsuccessful contract negotiations with the Detroit Pistons. Monroe signed his qualifying offer last week, ending his restricted free agency and setting him up to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Monroe released a statement through the Pistons expressing remorse: "I take full responsibility for my actions and made a regrettable mistake. I apologize to my family, the Pistons’ organization, my teammates and fans. I will learn from this and continue my work to be a positive influence in the community."
The Pistons released a statement, as well. "The organization is aware of the matter resulting in the NBA’s announced two-game suspension for Greg Monroe. Greg has taken responsibility in a conscientious manner and resolved the matter with his representatives."
More details will inevitably emerge, including when the incident took place. Did the Pistons factor his arrest into their decision not to offer a max contract? Monroe has never had a similar incident in the past, so it's hard to say.
And, to be honest, I'm not sure if I feel comfortable speculating at the moment. Monroe has always been lauded as a high character player in the past, and I have a lot of conflicted feelings trying to wrap my head around this current news. We'll have more later, but now your thoughts -- I just ask that you be civil, and try not to conflate any frustrations you might have about his contract situation with this latest news.