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Sacramento Kings forward Andreas Nocioni has been released from the Sacramento County Jail after being arrested on DUI charges early Thursday morning.
Nocioni's vehicle was pulled over by Sacramento Police around 2:00am Thursday near the section of 9th and L Streets in Sacramento. Officers say they detected a strong odor of alcohol in Nocioni's vehicle and ask him to take a breathalyzer test.
It's unclear what Nocioni's blood alcohol level was.
Nocioni was seen leaving the Sacramento County Jail after posting bail shortly after 9:00am. Despite persistent questions from the media, Nocioni declined to comment.
The Sacramento Kings have not yet commented on the situation. On the other hand, FOX40 Sports Director Jim Crandell knew exactly what to say.
"As far as I'm concerned: Stupid, stupid, stupid," Crandell said appearing on the FOX40 News at 11am. "There is absolutely no reason to go out and drink, and then get in a car. Now, Nocioni has himself in a heap of trouble."
Nocioni is not the first member of the Sacramento Kings to find himself in a heap of trouble. In 2006, Sacramento Kings former coach Eric Muuselman was arrested after driving with a blood alcohol level of over .11%, above the legal limit of 08%. Musselman was asked to pay $1900 in fines and spent three years on probation.
In October 2007, Sacramento Kings Center Justin Williams was accused by a woman of sexual assault. Following a lengthy investigation, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office announced they would not seek charges.
Sacramento Kings player Ron Artest found himself in the center of an animal abuse scandal when the Placer County District Attorney's Office said dogs belonging to Artest appeared neglected. Artest was suspended for seven games of the 2007 season after pleading no contest to a related misdemeanor domestic violence charge.
The Sacramento Kings lost to the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night 105 to 113 at Arco Arena.
Matthew Keys is an online news writer for FOX40.com and community contributor to The Sacramento Press.
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