Bench warrant issued for Ty Lawson after 3 positive alcohol tests

A Denver court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Sacramento Kings guard Ty Lawson, saying he violated the terms of his probation when he failed three alcohol tests.

Lawson tested positive for alcohol on Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and Feb. 2, leading to the bench warrant. Lawson also failed to complete the community service portion of his sentence, The Denver Post reported, citing Denver County Court records.

Lawson, who is with the Kings for their Wednesday night game at San Antonio, did not comment on the news.

Kings coach Dave Joerger said he is not worried about Lawson's latest legal woes.

"His lawyer said there really is no arrest warrant out for him. That's quote-unquote," Joerger said Wednesday. "Other than that, I can't comment."

The veteran point guard, who played for the Nuggets from 2009 to 2015, was arrested in Denver in January 2015 on suspicion of drinking and driving. He pleaded guilty to one count of driving while impaired. Then in July 2015, Lawson was arrested in Los Angeles for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Lawson was sentenced by a Denver judge to one year of probation on the January 2015 charge and was ordered to submit to frequent alcohol monitoring.

He is scheduled to appear for a probation violation revocation hearing on March 22 in Denver County Court.

The Nuggets traded Lawson to Houston in July 2015. While with the Rockets, he was twice suspended by the league for the DUI arrests. After being released by Houston, he had a stop in Indiana before signing with Sacramento in August 2016.

Lawson is averaging 9.3 points per game with 4.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds for the Kings this season.