L.A. Times: Lakers owner Jerry Buss was not at Tuesday night’s season-opener at Staples Center and will not be at Friday’s game in Phoenix because of a two-game suspension handed down by NBA Commissioner David Stern for Buss’ pleading guilty to misdemeanor drunk driving in September. Buss was also fined $25,000 by the league.
Buss, 74, was arrested in the early hours of May 29 in Carlsbad after police saw him driving his gold Mercedes-Benz on the wrong side of the road. He was sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $1,900.
Buss had a blood-alcohol level of .13% at the time of his arrest, according to prosecutors. The state limit is .08.
In a statement released after the arrest, Buss said, “I was wrong to do it. It was a mistake I will not make again.”
Buss bought the Lakers in 1979.