Arizona Sportspage

August 29, 2009 2:48 AM

NBA suspends Jason Richardson for 2 games

Phoenix Suns guard Jason Richardson's high-flying act will be grounded to start the NBA regular season.

Richardson has been suspended two games by the NBA after he plead guilty to driving under the influence in December, shortly after joining the Suns via trade with the Charlotte Bobcats.

The suspension, without pay, will take place at the beginning of the season. Richardson will miss the Suns' season opener (Oct. 28 at the Los Angeles Clippers) and home opener (Oct. 30 against Golden State.)

Two months after his December arrest, Richardson had another incident. Richardson was suspended for a game without pay by the Suns on Feb. 18 after he plead guilty to two misdemeanor speeding charges and a count of endangerment for a Feb. 15 case, when his son was in the car.

Leandro Barbosa will start in Richardson's place. Richardson averaged 16 points and two assists per a game last season.

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