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WNBA suspends Diana Taurasi after DUI

July 16, 2009 at 6:16 PM   |   Comments

PHOENIX, July 16 (UPI) -- WNBA star Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury, cited for driving under the influence, has been suspended two games for conduct detrimental to the team.

She was suspended Thursday for her citation for driving under the influence on July 3 by Phoenix police.

The Arizona Republic initially said the guard was cited for speeding and lane violations.

She was cited and later released after an officer detected the smell of alcohol and conducted field sobriety tests.

Police added Taurasi refused a breath test and was forced to draw blood in a mobile DUI van.

"I am deeply sorry and embarrassed for causing this distraction for my teammates, the Phoenix Mercury, the WNBA, family and fans," the 27-yea-old Taurasi said.

She is in her sixth season with the Mercury and was the league's top overall pick in the 2004 WNBA draft out of Connecticut.

Taurasi was a three-time NCAA champion and has won Olympic gold medal.

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