Tom Chambers, a sports broadcaster for the Phoenix Suns, was stopped Dec. 7 and taken into custody for possible charges of driving under the influence. The 54-year-old man recently offered an apology to the team and the fans for his actions. Scottsdale law enforcement personnel pulled over the driver after they allegedly observed his pickup truck veer into a bicycle lane. They further claim that they saw two open bottles of beer inside the truck.
The former professional basketball player supposedly refused to submit to a field sobriety test. He is said to have yelled at an officer that he could not even perform the test, which reportedly involved his nose when he was sober.
Chambers then became somewhat hostile, police claim, and told the officer that he knew the person’s boss and remarked that he had done a lot for the Scottsdale Police Department. He submitted to a blood draw and was detained but later released while waiting for the results. A Scottsdale police spokesman reported that Chambers confessed to drinking alcohol at the football game earlier that night but did not specify an amount.
Chambers played for the Suns from 1988 to 1993 and was on the team that reached the NBA Finals in 1993. He achieved all-star status as a forward four times during his 16 years as a professional player. The team president released a statement acknowledging the seriousness of the accusations against Chambers but did not provide additional comments.
When individual charges of drinking and driving, a conviction could affect his or her career regardless of whether the person is a public figure or not. A criminal defense attorney might be able to help clients fight the charges against the person by challenging evidence obtained through improper means. Alternatively, the attorney might be able to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution.