Ty Abbott, a junior guard on the ASU men’s basketball team, was arrested Feb. 16 by ASU police for driving with a suspended license, according to records obtained Monday.
Abbott failed to appear in Phoenix Municipal court in November for an August incident where he was cited for speeding, displaying suspended plates and not having liability insurance. Court records indicate that he also failed to pay a fine for driving without insurance.
“The situation is being handled internally by our coaching staff directly with Ty,” said Doug Tammaro, director of media relations for ASU athletics.
Tammaro said coaches were aware of the situation directly after the arrest, but he wasn’t able to comment on the consequences for Abbott, who was likely on his way to practice when he was arrested about 1 p.m. near Rural Road and 6th Street in Tempe.
Abbott was cited and released from the scene. His car was impounded along with his driver’s license, which was destroyed at the ASU Police Department.
Under the guidelines of the NCAA and Pac-10, there are no specific policies about athlete arrests, said Jim Muldoon, associate commissioner for the Pac-10.
“Those matters are up to the institution,” Muldoon said.
Civil traffic offenses are not a violation of ASU’s student-athlete code of conduct policy.
Abbott is averaging 11.9 points per game, tied for the team lead. He has scored 16.5 points per game during the Pac-10 season, including 28 points to lead the Sun Devils to a 73-69 win against UA on Sunday.