An embarrassing report from the Scottsdale, Ariz., police department claims the four-time NBA All-Star acted ‘somewhat belligerently’ Saturday night after being pulled over for weaving his pickup truck in a bicycle lane and almost causing an accident with cops, USA Today reported.
Former Phoenix Suns star turned broadcaster Tom Chambers wasn’t exactly laying on the charm during his arrest for suspicion of DUI over the weekend.
Chambers, 54, was pulled over about 9:45 p.m. local time Saturday at Pinnacle Vista and Scottsdale Road in far north Scottsdale. A police officer pulled over Chambers after seeing a GMC pickup truck going north on Scottsdale Road in the bicycle lane and weaving, according to a police report.
“The stop was so abrupt, I nearly rear-ended the pickup,” the arresting officer wrote in the report.
Upon approaching the vehicle, the cop found two still-cold Michelob Ultra Light bottles lying next to the 54-year-old Chambers, who reportedly had bloodshot eyes, a flushed complexion, reeked of booze and was slurring his speech.
Chambers admitted to drinking beers at the Arizona State-Stanford Pac-12 championship game but refused to take a field sobriety test, saying “I can’t even do the nose thingy-muh-bobber sober.”
A similar request by a second officer who arrived on the scene proved equally unsuccessful.
“My attorney told me not to do these tests,” he said, according to the report.
While they were unlucky with the breathalyzer, cops did get a blood sample from Chambers, although the results haven’t yet been made public.
Chambers was finally cuffed as he tried to get back into his truck, and that’s when the Suns’ studio analyst went from sloppy to angry, entitled drunk.
“I know your boss,” he reportedly said. “After all I do for Scottsdale PD.”
Days after his arrest, a remorseful Chambers, who played for the Suns from 1988-93, and works as a studio host on Suns televised games on Fox Sports Arizona, has issued a statement to the media.
“I want to apologize to the Phoenix Suns and its fans for the negative attention this incident has brought upon the organization,” he said.
“I take my role as a representative with the Suns very seriously and have always held myself to a high standard,” he said.
Chambers has a court date scheduled for Dec. 24.
Chambers was a four-time all-star forward in a 16-year career that ended in 1997. He played for San Diego Clippers, Seattle Supersonics, Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz throughout his career. He helped Phoenix to reach the NBA Finals in 1993.
Chambers averaged career-high 27.2 ppg for the Suns in the 1989-90 season. He appeared in total of 1107 NBA games (743 started), averaging 18.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg in 30.6 mpg.Follow @exnbadotcom
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