It’s no secret that Phoenix G Diana Taurasi drinks. She’ll readily talk about vodka and wine in lighter off-court moments. But it appears she went too far following the big win against Seattle on Wednesday.
Taurasi, 27, was cited for drunken driving. Phoenix GM Ann Meyers-Drysdale wouldn’t comment to local reporters until more information was made available, yet expects her leading scorer (21.2) to play on Sunday in Los Angeles.
How is this right? Detroit C Kara Braxton was suspended six games this season for her second DUI offense and two for her first. Given that Taurasi (pictured right) is an important face of the league with milk commercials and leading the All-Star game vote, shouldn’t she be punished to show this type of behavior is unacceptable? At the very least, Taurasi should be held out of the game until all information is revealed concerning her DUI citation to show the organization is taking this seriously.
It’s the holiday weekend and this is not a good example.
Of course, I’m writing this without all of the information. But if she “refused” a breath-test because something was up, then she should accept accountability for her sake and the league’s.
The WNBA has been mostly unscathed publically and the players can’t fall into the off-court trap like other leagues because their popularity isn’t strong enough to sustain the damage. It’s already dealt with suspected rape and pot, but the incidents are countable and not by the major stars.
Here’s hoping Taurasi isn’t the first.