INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Indiana Pacers forward Shawne Williams intends to plead guilty to charges of driving without a license.
Defense attorney John Tompkins said Friday that Williams plans to enter a plea agreement on the misdemeanor charge by Oct. 1, the day before the Pacers open training camp.
Williams did not attend Friday's initial court hearing, but later apologized for his actions and said he would accept a three-game suspension imposed by the team.
On Thursday, prosecutors decided not to file marijuana possession charges against Williams.
Williams, 21, was jailed for several hours on an initial charge of marijuana possession after police said they found a marijuana cigarette burning inside his SUV after it was pulled over early Tuesday for changing lanes without signaling.
A passenger faces a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession.
``In this case, the passenger said it belonged to him,'' said David Wyser, the chief trial deputy for the Marion County prosecutor's office.
Williams apologized to team owners Melvin and Herb Simon, the front office staff, his teammates and Pacers fans.
Williams told reporters he would be more careful about who he is with.
``Before I would just get into the car with anybody, but now I'm going to ask whoever gets in the car with me what they have and what they're doing,'' he said. ``Me being a professional ballplayer, I have to surround myself with better people.''
The 6-foot-9 Williams, who was the Pacers' first-round draft pick last year from Memphis, averaged 3.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 46 games last season.
Tompkins said Williams has never held an Indiana driver's license. He said he was not sure whether Williams has held a driver's license in any other state and had requested records from Tennessee and South Carolina to determine if he had ever held a license in those states.
Pacers president Larry Bird said Friday he believed Williams was remorseful and embarrassed by his arrest.
``Does that cure all ills? No,'' Bird said. ``Now he's got to be a good citizen and play the game the way its supposed to be played and be a good teammate.''

Top NBA Public Bets

#1 512 Atlanta Hawks  95%
#2 505 San Antonio Spurs  82%
#3 508 Utah Jazz  76%
#4 501 Toronto Raptors  60%

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Bulls vs. Celtics Game 5 Pick Will the Boston Celtics stay hot when their NBA Playoff series with the Chicago Bulls returns home tonight for Game 5 at 8:30PM...
Thumbnail Hawks vs. Wizards Game 5 Pick Who has the edge when the Washington Wizards host the Atlanta Hawks meet up tonight at 6PM ET in Game 5 of...
Thumbnail Jazz vs. Clippers Game 5 Pick Will the Los Angeles Clippers be able to regroup at home when they host the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of their...
Thumbnail Grizzlies vs. Spurs Game 5 Pick Can the San Antonio Spurs find a way to get back on track when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies tonight at 9PM ET in Game...
Thumbnail Thunder vs. Rockets Game 5 Pick Will the Houston Rockets close out the Oklahoma City Thunder when the two met today at in Game 5 at 8PM ET?

NBA Team Pages