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Mavs’ Stevenson arrested for public intoxication

- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2011

IRVING, TEXAS (AP) - Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson has been arrested for public intoxication.

Police in suburban Irving say Stevenson was arrested Tuesday night after reports of an intoxicated person walking through the grounds of an apartment complex. Police say Stevenson didn't know where he was and he was arrested after field sobriety tests.

He was released from jail Wednesday morning after posting bail. Mavericks spokeswoman Sarah Melton said Wednesday the team had no comment on the arrest.

Stevenson will be a free agent this summer.

A 10-year veteran, Stevenson played a key role for the Mavericks as they won their first NBA title against Miami. He started every playoff game until the final three of the finals. Coming off the bench, he provided tenacious defense and outside scoring as Dallas won each of those games.

In the clinching Game 6, Stevenson made three 3-pointers during a pivotal stretch in the first half. He also was in the middle of a skirmish that resulted in three technical fouls, one on him and two against the Heat.

"His toughness and grit was a big part of our team and who we were," coach Rick Carlisle said Tuesday.

Stevenson is a colorful character, perhaps best known for tattoos covering nearly his entire body, including his face and neck. He's also often made provocative comments about LeBron James, such as saying he "checked out" late in Game 4.

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