Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans will receive some extra vacation time when the season starts as video has surfaced of the NBA’s Rookie of the Year driving at speeds above 120 mph over Memorial Day weekend. It is expected that the NBA will hand down a punishment of at least a 10-game suspension for the 20-year old. This is bad news for Kings season ticket holders, who can now expect to count home wins this season on two hands.
The video shows Evans speeding on Interstate 80, and he later admitted that he had no idea that he was traveling that fast. We can only assume it’s because he was wearing a blindfold or perhaps watching porn. Regardless, Evans’ arrest will most likely be used as an example to the rest of the league since the last NBA player who went out racing at ridiculous speeds didn’t live to be punished.
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After being stopped by police, Evans was arrested at gunpoint.
Authorities say the video offers evidence that Evans may have been racing another vehicle.
Attorneys say he pleaded no contest to reckless driving, was sentenced to 80 hours of community service, ordered to take part in teen driving programs and lost his license for 30 days.
In 2000, Charlotte Hornets player Bobby Phills was killed while racing teammate David Wesley in North Carolina. During that accident, Phills was traveling 75 mph, so someone might hope to explain perspective to Evans the next time he turns the key to his ignition.
Meanwhile, this just hasn’t been Evans’ year, as he was cut from Team USA last week. Along with OJ Mayo, Gerald Wallace and JaVale McGee, Evans got the boot but was praised by USA basketball president Jerry Colangelo. Evans even offered to stick around to be the team driver, but Colangelo politely declined.