Sophomore forward Ira Lee was cited for driving under the influence over the weekend, according to a statement released by the Arizona Wildcats athletic department on Tuesday.
Arizona sophomore men’s basketball forward Ira Lee was cited and released for driving under the influence on Saturday, August 18. The incident has been referred to the Dean of Students for review under the University’s student code of conduct, and the Athletics Department is reviewing the incident for team consequences. Students also have access to counseling and other support services.
Since Lee is under 21, any amount of alcohol found in his system would constitute a DUI citation. According to KVOA’s Mac Colson, though, Lee’s blood-alcohol content was far above the normal legal limit of 0.08:
According to documents, Ira Lee’s BAC was .20 or more which would actually make this “super extreme DUI.” Arizona is one of the only states that has a “super extreme DUI” classification.— Mac Colson (@MacColsonTV) August 21, 2018
The 6-foot-7 Lee appeared in 27 games for the Wildcats last season as a freshman, averaging 2.4 points and 2.3 rebounds. He is expected to take on a much larger role this winter with Arizona having to replace its entire starting lineup.
What Lee’s citation means for his status with the team is unclear. Arizona is set to open the 2018-19 season on Nov. 7 at home against Houston Baptist, with its annual Red-Blue scrimmage set for Oct. 14.