Reports: Ty Lawson violates probation with three failed sobriety tests, bench warrant issued

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Ty Lawson brings it up. (Getty Images)
Ty Lawson brings it up. (Getty Images)

Sacramento Kings Ty Lawson could be in a bit of trouble again, the latest mark on an amateur and pro career rife with alcohol-related setbacks.

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TMZ and the Denver Post have reported that Lawson, the 29-year old who was arrested for driving under the influence twice in one year prior to signing with the Kings last fall, had thrice failed a court-ordered sobriety test, and a bench warrant has been issued for his arrest in Colorado.

From Kirk Mitchell at the Denver Post:

Lawson, currently a point guard for the Sacramento Kings, was being supervised in California when he tested positive for alcohol on Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and Feb. 2, according Denver County Court records.

Lawson also failed to complete the community service portion of his sentence. As a condition of his probation he was to serve 48 hours of community service. He also was required to receive 52 hours of therapy.

Later on Wednesday, Lawson’s lawyer updated his client’s status, such as it was:

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Mitchell reminded that, in sentencing Lawson to a year’s probation last March, Judge Olympia Z. Fay offered this:

“You have a terrible history,” Fay told Lawson as she sentenced him. “You are going down a bad path.”

As TMZ points out, the “Feb. 2” report indicates the second part of back-to-back off days for Lawson, following a disastrous 22-point loss at the hands of the Houston Rockets on Jan. 31. Lawson missed all three shots in 11 minutes during that game, the final contest in Sacramento’s rough nine-game, three-win road trip. Following the reported positive test Lawson rebounded with a 7-10 shooting night and 18 points in a tough, two-point home loss to the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 3.

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Lawson’s averages since then have approximated his 9.4-point, 4.7-assist run on the season, averaged during 25 minutes a contest (just over one-third are starts). That run has straddled the destructive DeMarcus Cousins trade, as the 25-38 Kings (four games out of the final playoff spot in the West) have lost five of six since the deal.

In all, it hasn’t been a healthy pro run for Lawson, who was suspended a total of five games during 2015-16.

A warrant will be issued for Lawson’s arrest, according to TMZ, if he fails to show up for a March 22 court date in Denver. The Kings, continually looking to tank in more ways than obvious, play at home against Milwaukee that evening.

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Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don’t Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!