NBA suspends Mavericks' Devin Ebanks for 2 games following DUI plea
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The NBA announced Monday that Mavericks forward Devin Ebanks has been suspended for two games without pay after he pleaded no contest to DUI charges related to a Nov. 2012 arrest in California.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Ebanks was arrested by the California Highway Patrol after getting pulled over at 2:49 a.m. in Hollywood.
Ebanks was released later Friday morning after posting $5,000 bail. A post on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon encouraged his followers to celebrate a woman’s birthday Thursday night at Roxbury night club near Hollywood.
It was Ebanks’ second incident with law enforcement in a little more than a year. Prosecutors declined to file charges against him last December after a woman alleged Ebanks sexually assaulted her three months earlier.
Although the Lakers didn't formally discipline Ebanks at the time of the incident, he didn't appear in a game for more than two weeks after the arrest, and coach Mike D'Antoni used the reserve forward only sparingly for the rest of the season.
Ebanks, 23, averaged 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 19 games for the Lakers last season. A 2010 second-round pick, Ebanks signed a training camp deal with the Mavericks in September. He must make the Mavericks' roster and be both healthy and eligible to play when the regular season begins for his suspension to begin.
Nets coach Jason Kidd will also serve a two-game suspension to start the 2013-14 season following his own DUI arrest.