Suns’ Josh Jackson Arrested In Florida

Suns forward Josh Jackson was arrested at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami Gardens, Florida this weekend, reports Andy Slater of 640 The Hurricanes (Twitter link).

A source tells Slater that Jackson tried to enter the VIP area without a proper pass too many times. He ran away after being handcuffed by police, and was charged with escape and resisting arrest after being re-apprehended, Slater reports. Gina Mizell of The Athletic relays the public case information for Jackson, which indicates that he posted a $1,000 bond and has a hearing scheduled for June 10.

The Suns are aware of the incident and are still in the process of gathering information, according to a report from ArizonaSports.com. That story also notes that this isn’t the first time Jackson has run into off-court issues — among other incidents, he was charged with misdemeanor property damage during his time at Kansas and was fined $20K by the Suns this past season when he didn’t show up for a team-sponsored autograph session.

Jackson was the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft, but he has been inconsistent during his first two NBA seasons and the management group that selected him is no longer in place in Phoenix, making his long-term future with the franchise unclear.

With T.J. Warren and Mikal Bridges on long-term contracts and Kelly Oubre still under team control as a restricted free agent, the Suns may have enough options at forward that Jackson could become expendable if he fails to show improvement on the court and continues to make headlines off of it.

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18 thoughts on “Suns’ Josh Jackson Arrested In Florida

  1. snotrocket

    Sounds like something I would have done when I was in my early 20’s. A fine and like 10 hours of community service should be about all he gets.

    • padam

      And run from the police after being apprehended? With all the money and the spotlight he has considering his profession, one would think he’d just buy a pass.

  2. Jason Lancaster

    This brings me back…good times.

    Hopefully the NBA doesn’t overreact.

      • x%sure

        Not that I’m saying @Jason is a waste of time for doing same. But he might be as good at basketball and Jason Lancaster doesn’t come up at Bas.Ref.

        • Jason Lancaster

          I get you and no offense taken.

          That being said, I have no confidence in the Suns. They could draft Zion and find a way to damage his career.

          I’d bet most rebuilding NBA teams would take a chance on this kid.

      • realistnotsucker

        The suns are a waste of time, he showed great promise as a rookie and then they decide to reduce his role and minutes, hope the NBA gives them the worst pick possible they can get

  3. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    The guy made $6 million last year. Jeez, pony up the cash for a VIP ticket already.

  4. hiflew

    I remember arguing vociferously around the 2017 draft that Josh Jackson was going to be the best pro in that class. There is still time for a turnaround, because nobody from that draft is that far ahead of the rest. But as of now it kind of looks like I was as wrong as wrong can be.

    • Z-A

      Would have been fine if the Sixers took him at 3 pre-Fultz trade bc he projected as a plus defender, if Tatum and Fultz were off the board. Suns honestly have no clue what they are doing. The Bridges trade highlighted it even more. Then the Ariza/Oubre sign/trade. 4 guys all legitimately should play SF. Warren at least played well at the 4. Almost as bad as the Sixers drafting 3 centers in the lottery.

      • hiflew

        I don’t know about him blossoming with the Sixers because they don’t really have a great track record with high picks either. However, I do think he could be one of those guys that could blossom with a second or third team. His biggest problem is immaturity, which is a big problem with a lot of NBA players.

        • Z-A

          At this point yea, not a fit on the Sixers, at the time of the draft they needed a wing upgrade over RoCo and a combo guard.

  5. Boston2AZ

    “He ran away after being handcuffed by police”. Because who’s going to notice a 6’8″, 200 lb guy running down the street in handcuffs? I’m sure he could have blended in almost anywhere.

  6. iamoldboy

    Running from cops, who hasnt done that at least once :)

    Josh, have a better plan the next time you get cuffed, geesh.

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