There’s always something happening in the Toronto sports scene. Unfortunately, this has been proven in dramatic fashion, with the shocking news that Jonas Valanciunas has been charged with drink driving,
The incident happened early on Monday morning in Wasaga Beach (around 2:30 am), when open beer bottles were seen in Valanciunas’ car after he went through a drive-thru. The vehicle was then tracked by police, who subsequently arrested the Toronto Raptors centre and charged him with exceeding 80 mgs.
What makes this news particularly surprising, is that Valanciunas has been no trouble whatsover since coming to Toronto. The 21-year old accepted full responsibility, releasing the following statement through the Raptors:
“I hold myself to a high standard and take my role as a member of the Toronto Raptors very seriously. I apologize to the organization, my teammates, my family and my fans, and regret any negativity this incident has brought upon them.”
The incident couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Raptors, who are preparing for their first playoff appearance in six seasons. Valanaciunas himself has enjoyed a fine campaign, starting 76 games and leading the team with 8.60 rebounds per game, while averaging 11.0 points.
How this will impact the chemistry of the team is anyone’s guess, with the court date set for April 22nd, during the first round of the NBA playoffs. Incidents like this usually result in a two-game suspension by the NBA, although it should be noted this is unlikely to be enforced until next season.
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