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Police arrest Heat's Posey on drunken driving charge

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Miami Heat forward James Posey was
arrested early Monday on a drunken driving charge after an officer
pulled him over for stopping in the middle of a road.

Posey had stopped his car on a double-lane Miami Beach road,
talking to occupants of other vehicles and pedestrians, police
said.


Once out of the car, Posey displayed "bloodshot eyes, slurred
speech, and an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath," the
police report said. The player also was unsteady on his feet and
swayed while standing, police said.


Posey was arrested and taken to Miami-Dade County jail. He was
later released on $1,000 bond.


Posey issued an apology Monday night through the team, denying
the charges.

"Please know that I was neither intoxicated nor was I driving
at the time," Posey said. "However, out of respect to the police,
and to the legal process which must follow, it would be
inappropriate for me to comment further at this moment."

Posey was not with the team for practice Monday and it was
unknown whether he will fly with the team to Charlotte for its game
Tuesday. Heat coach Pat Riley said after practice that the team
will wait to collect "all the facts" before making any decisions
on Posey's status.


When Miami plays at Charlotte, it will be without center
Shaquille O'Neal, who has been excused to attend the funeral for
his paternal grandfather.

O'Neal said he hopes to be back with the Heat when they host
Washington on Wednesday.

Posey, in the final year of his contract, is making about $6.4
million this season with the defending champion Heat.


It was the second DUI arrest involving a Heat player in Miami
Beach this season. Rookie Robert Hite was charged in January, but
that was later dropped when tests showed Hite's blood alcohol level
well within legal limits.


The Heat decided after the arrest Hite should take some time
away from the team, and ultimately released him. He is playing in
South Dakota with an NBA Development League club.