INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -The Indiana Pacers suspended Shawne Williams for three games Thursday following his arrest on marijuana possession and other charges.
He is to serve the suspension during the Pacers' opening games of the regular season against Washington, Miami and Memphis.
His arrest on Tuesday was the third time in less than a year that Pacers players have landed in legal trouble for their off-court actions.
``We are making it clear to our players and our fans that this franchise is going in a different direction,'' Pacers president Larry Bird said in a statement Thursday. ``Shawne put himself in a position that placed the franchise in a poor light. He's a good kid who made a bad decision.''
An initial hearing for Williams is scheduled for Friday in Marion Superior Court.
Williams was driving an SUV, which was carrying two other men, when it was pulled over for changing lanes without signaling early Tuesday. Both Williams and the front seat passenger were arrested on marijuana possession charges.
The 6-foot-9 Williams averaged 3.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 46 games last season for the Pacers.

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Thompson, Irving load up for downtown duel With Stephen Curry out of the mix this time around, a lot of people feel compelled to classify the 2017 3-point contest as a wide-open affair. Klay...
Thumbnail Magic phenom aims to dazzle New Orleans After narrowly losing to Zach LaVine 12 months ago, Aaron Gordon appears fully committed to winning the 2017 All-Star dunk contest. Will anyone else even put up...
Thumbnail A-listers hit hardcourt in New Orleans This weekend, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome belongs to the biggest names in hoops – for the most part. Various entertainers will hit the hardwood tonight,...
Thumbnail Celtics vs. Bulls Prediction The Celtics are red-hot but will the Bulls cash for bettors tonight when the two teams clash at 8:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Wizards vs. Pacers Prediction Will the Wizards beat the Pacers as a small road favorite tonight when the two teams clash at 7:00PM ET?

NBA Team Pages