Nick Fairley and Miguel Cabrera are two big names right now in the Detroit sports world. Fairley has recently made headlines for his eating habits, while Cabrera has received a lot of attention over his August hitting struggles.
What do these two athletes have in common? Both have been recipients of DUI’s, and one more Detroit athlete is set to join that list.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe was suspended Sept. 9 without pay by the NBA for a DUI he received in February, just hours after a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Monroe was driving with a broken headlight, expired plates and insurance and a blood-alcohol level of .09, which is .01 above Michigan’s legal limit (.08).
This news comes after the star forward out of Georgetown signed his free-agent tender with the Pistons for one-year, $5.5 million.
Monroe was fined over $1,000 for the incident and was sentenced to six months probation, where he must not purchase, consume or be in possession of any alcohol.
Following the news, the Pistons released this statement: “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.”
Monroe is expected to play out this season with the Pistons, after which he will be an unrestricted free agent and is expected to sign with another team.
Last season, Monroe averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds in 32.8 minutes per game.
It is still unclear if Monroe will be in the starting lineup this season, or if Josh Smith will slide to the power forward spot and Monroe will come off the bench.
Regardless, the season starts Wednesday Oct. 29 against the Denver Nuggets, and Detroit’s home opener and Monroe’s first game will be Saturday Nov. 1 against the Brooklyn Nets.
Cameron Billes is the host of Horsepower for Impact Sports.