COMMENTARY | Michael Beasley's time in Phoenix (and in the NBA) could be coming to a close after his latest arrest for marijuana usage. His arrest on Tuesday morning in Scottsdale, Arizona, is just the latest in a string of events that have shown that Beasley simply can't stay out of trouble.
The Phoenix Suns need to cut ties before it's too late.
Officially, The Arizona Republic reported that Beasley was stopped for a traffic violation. Reportedly, when officers approached the vehicle, they smelled marijuana and found the narcotics after searching the driver's area.
Earlier in 2013, Beasley had sexual assault claims made toward him, but the case is still open and no formal charges have been made.
The Suns made the right call in not hastily taking action against Beasley for the sexual assault claims. It would have been a miscarriage of justice to indict Beasley for charges that may or may not be true. The marijuana issue, however, is something completely different.
Let's not forget that this isn't the first time Beasley has been in trouble for marijuana. Back in 2008, he was fined $50,000 for a marijuana-related charge during the NBA's rookie transition program. He went to a treatment facility to rehab in 2009.
In 2011, after being traded from the Miami Heat to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Beasley was pulled over for speeding and marijuana possession in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
Regardless of how one feels about the usage of marijuana, the fact remains that it is illegal in the way Beasley has been using it. The NBA has specific rules about drug usage and has gone tremendous lengths to clean up its image.
Beasley's story is not uncommon, but it is a sad story. It's easy to forget that he's still just 24 years old until one of these circumstances arises.
As a player, Beasley has fallen completely off the radar. After averaging 26.2 points and 12.4 rebounds in his one season at Kansas State, Beasley put together solid averages of 13.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in his rookie season with the Heat.
Beasley's best season came in 2010-11 with the Timberwolves, when he averaged 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Since then, it's been all downhill.
His 2012-13 season was horrific, with an efficiency rating of just 10.8. His shooting percentage of .405 was the worst of his career, as were his per-game averages of 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds.
Beasley may not get another chance to improve upon those averages with the Suns. They're trying to change the culture of the franchise and have no room for someone who isn't ready to maintain a positive image and stay out of trouble. The worst possible scenario would be for rookies Alex Len and Archie Goodwin to get the wrong impression of how to conduct themselves.
To be fair, Beasley wasn't caught with cocaine or heroin or meth. He isn't going to be suspended for a year for marijuana use. He still shows glimpses of brilliance on the offensive end of the court and because of that, someone will give him another chance. Let's just hope it's not the Suns.
Michael Dunlap is an NBA credentialed writer who covers Phoenix Suns practices and games for the site he founded, HoopsHabit.com.Follow @iambabyd13 on Twitter!
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