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Suns’ guard Archie Goodwin arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest

May 13, 2014, 4:06 PM EDT

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This is not good for a young player trying to secure his place on the Suns roster and in the NBA.

Suns guard Archie Goodwin, 19, has been arrested back in his home town of Little Rock, Arkansas. The Arizona Republic has the details.

Goodwin, 19, was leaving the Arkansas Skatium, an ice and roller rink in his hometown of Little Rock, on May 4 when the incident occurred at approximately 11 p.m., according to Arkansas State Police public information officer Bill Sadler. A state trooper witnessed Goodwin cursing and “exhibiting aggressive gestures” toward another person while exiting the building and the trooper reported telling Goodwin twice to stop cursing twice, Sadler said.

Goodwin was taken into custody but the trooper said Goodwin tried to break away from the trooper’s hold during the arrest, according to Sadler. Goodwin then was booked into a Sherwood, Ark., jail.

Goodwin just completed his rookie season with the Suns, getting into 52 games for the team. The former Kentucky player spent a little time in the D-League as the Suns hoped the young guard would put on muscle and develop a more consistent jump shot. He showed flashes of that but was a work in progress.

With the Suns eliminated from the playoffs coach Jeff Hornacek turned Goodwin loose on the Sacramento Kings in the final game of the season. Goodwin blew up for 29 points on 11-of-13 shooting and left Suns fans thinking they may have something for the future.

This will negate some of those feelings. Goodwin, taken 29th in the last NBA Draft, will be entering just the second year of his rookie contract.

Neither the Suns nor the league will take action until the legal end of this plays itself out.

  1. reesesteel23 - May 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    You cant arrest someone for cursing. Gtfoh

    • spursareold - May 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      … cursing and “exhibiting aggressive gestures” toward another person…

      • ranfan12 - May 13, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        must’ve raised a backhand

      • reesesteel23 - May 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        You cant get arrested for cursing and “exhibiting aggressive gestures” lol. Flipping you the bird is an aggressive gesture for crying out loud. Know your rights young man, know your rights.

      • spursareold - May 13, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        I’m not young, and in this day and age of cops shooting anyone for anything, it’s pretty damn stupid to not shut up and walk away.

      • reesesteel23 - May 13, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        Ok old man(I couldn’t resist). But yea you’ve got a point. At the same time, you shouldn’t have to “walk away” to avoid being shot by a cop lol. Lets hold the cops to a higher standard why don’t we.

  2. delusionalcardsfan - May 13, 2014 at 5:13 PM


  3. antistratfordian - May 13, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Arkansas? Must be some racism involved somehow.

  4. spyder9669 - May 13, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Suns shouldn’t even bat an eye over this. How dare a 19 yr old man leave a skate rink using foul language. He should be leaving a bar piss drunk and firing illegal weapons at people. That’s what a normal NBA player does these days. I mean…what’s this kid thinking?? He didn’t even “make it rain!!”

  5. RavenzGunnerz - May 13, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Remember when AP was “arrested for resisting arrest”?

    America… how have thou changed!

  6. Nofoolnodrool - May 13, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    In most states cursing can get you arrested, but most cops have getter things to do, as they should. That be said the youth of today have potty mouths because of their limited vocabulary

    • RavenzGunnerz - May 13, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      Excuse me… but people cry a lot about Freedom of Speech… where it doesn’t apply.

      But this is a perfect instance where freedom of speech should apply. the US constitution exactly applies to the Government. Not private companies.

      Oh, by the way, which came first?

      Arrest or Resisting arrest?

      • term3186 - May 13, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        Not quite. Freedom of speech should (and does) have reasonable limitations. You can’t yell “FIRE!” in a crowded theater. Sharing child pornography. Perjury. Included in this list are “fighting words” – exhibiting aggressive gestures would fall under this exception to the 1st amendment.

      • mcnallydp - May 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        Cursing is neither perjury, nor child pornography, and certainly not shouting fire in a crowded theater.

        Until some specifics are provided, I’ll remain highly skeptical of the notion that Goodwin’s cursing and “aggressive gestures” merited his arrest.

  7. Nofoolnodrool - May 13, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    In most states cursing can get you put in jail, but cops have more important things to do unless you show disrespect to the request to stop cursing. Today’s youth have potty mouths, a lack of manners, and lack of respect for others. With a limited vocabulary cuss words they hear in their music are the default language….the dumbing down for diversity. Smh”

  8. teedraper - May 13, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Stop cursing?

    I bet he was a white state trooper. White folks swear they run everything. GTFOOH

  9. phx1311 - May 13, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I still love the kid and am excited to watch him grow as a player. #FreeArchie

  10. 00maltliquor - May 13, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    non-issue. next.

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