Tuesday September 9th, 2014

Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe has been suspended two games without pay after pleading guilty to "driving while visibly impaired," the NBA announced on Tuesday.

“I take full responsibility for my actions and made a regrettable mistake," Monroe said in a statement. "I apologize to my family, the Pistons’ organization, my teammates and fans. I will learn from this and continue my work to be a positive influence in the community.”

It was reported earlier this week that Monroe signed a one-year qualifying offer with Detroit. He will earn $5.48 million this season before entering unrestricted free agency next summer.

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The 24-year-old averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists with the Pistons last season, in the final year of his four-year, rookie-scale contract worth $13 million.

“The organization is aware of the matter resulting in the NBA’s announced two-game suspension for Greg Monroe," the Pistons said in a statement. "Greg has taken responsibility in a conscientious manner and resolved the matter with his representatives.”

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Over the offseason, the Pistons reached deals with guards Jodie Meeks and D.J. Augustin as well as small forward Caron Butler.

Detroit won 29 games and missed the playoffs last season. In May, the team hired Stan Van Gundy to be its coach and president of basketball operations.

- Chris Johnson

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