MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -Miami Heat forward James Posey was arrested early Monday on a drunken driving charge after an officer pulled him over for stopping in the middle of a road.
Posey had stopped his car on a double-lane Miami Beach road, talking to occupants of other vehicles and pedestrians, police said.
Once out of the car, Posey displayed ``bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath,'' the police report said. The player also was unsteady on his feet and swayed while standing, police said.
Posey was arrested and taken to Miami-Dade County jail. He was later released on $1,000 bond.
Posey was not with the team for practice Monday and it was unknown whether he will fly with the team to Charlotte for its game Tuesday. Heat coach Pat Riley said after practice that the team will wait to collect ``all the facts'' before making any decisions on Posey's status.
When Miami plays at Charlotte, it will be without center Shaquille O'Neal, who has been excused to attend the funeral for his paternal grandfather.
O'Neal said he hopes to be back with the Heat when they host Washington on Wednesday.
Posey, in the final year of his contract, is making about $6.4 million this season with the defending champion Heat.
It was the second DUI arrest involving a Heat player in Miami Beach this season. Rookie Robert Hite was charged in January, but that was later dropped when tests showed Hite's blood alcohol level well within legal limits.
The Heat decided after the arrest Hite should take some time away from the team, and ultimately released him. He is playing in South Dakota with an NBA Development League club.

Advertisement
Advertisement

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Whiteside takes his one-man show to Rip City After a 2-8 start out of the gate, Miami has righted itself quite nicely. But will Erik Spoelstra’s crew be able to sustain that momentum in the Pacific...
Thumbnail Rockets vs. Nuggets Prediction After stunning the Warriors last night as a double-digit underdog, will the Rockets cover again tonight when they visit the Nuggets at 10:30PM...
Thumbnail Butler aims to keep scorching nets The Cavaliers are coming off back-to-back losses heading into tonight’s game at Chicago. Can LeBron James & Co. get back on track in...
Thumbnail Pistons vs. Hawks Pick Can the Detroit Pistons continue their current hot streak on the road when they face the Atlanta Hawks tonight at 8PM...
Thumbnail Lakers vs. Raptors Prediction Is the over the right play tonight when the Lakers visit the Raptors at 7:30PM ET?
More inNBA Articles  

NBA Team Pages