- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Washington Wizards forward Kwame Brown could face at least a one-game NBA suspension if he is found guilty of driving under the influence.

“The league doesn’t have a policy toward the charge that says if you do this, you will get this,” league spokesman Mark Boussard said. “But if you look at the history, I think it’s been pretty consistent that a conviction usually results in a suspension of at least one game.”

Derrick Coleman pleaded guilty, and Stephon Marbury pleaded no contest to DUI charges last summer and received one-game suspensions from the NBA.

Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said the team would have “no further comment until the matter is resolved.”

Brown’s arrest Friday near his hometown of Brunswick, Ga., was the third run-in with police by a Wizards player this summer.

Point guard Gilbert Arenas, who signed a six-year, $64million contract, pleaded not guilty on a misdemeanor gun possession charge after he was arrested in San Francisco in June.

After the restricted free agent signed his offer sheet in July, Grunfeld said, “From what we understand, it seems like it was a minor offense.”

Leading scorer Jerry Stackhouse, whose contract was extended through 2007 in June, was charged with misdemeanor assault in North Carolina last month. A woman said Stackhouse struck her in a dispute over the date when Stackhouse had to vacate a rental property, but the charges were dropped after he apologized.

Brown and a passenger were pulled over in his black 2003 Hummer2 when Glynn County police officer Robert Sasser noticed the vehicle change lanes erratically, according to the police report.

Brown, 21, tested positive when he was given a field alcohol sensor test, police said. He went to jail for an Intoxilyzer test that showed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.150 percent. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08 percent. The report also said Brown was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol, and it cited an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

Brown, the No.1 overall pick in the 2001 draft and the first high school player so chosen, was released on $925 bond pending a court date that has not been set.

Brown refused to comment yesterday.

It wasn’t the first time Brown has had problems with the law. He was arrested in April 2002 and charged with speeding after being clocked at 120 mph in a 60 mph construction zone.

In other news, the Wizards signed first-round draft pick Jarvis Hayes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Wizards could have signed him to a guaranteed three-year deal for as much as $5.7million.

“Jarvis has an opportunity to play a key role in helping build our team for many years to come,” Grunfeld said. “He is an outstanding athlete with a very good outside shot. Jarvis is a very competitive person and is always trying to improve, and I think he will fit in very well in Eddie’s system.”

Hayes was the 10th overall selection in the 2003 NBA Draft after leaving the University of Georgia following his junior season. The 6-foot-7, 220-pounder averaged 18.3 points in his final season there.

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