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Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas slapped with impaired driving charge | National Post

Ontario Provincial Police officers responded to a report of a silver car going through a drive through with open beer bottles around 2:30 a.m. A search of the vehicle revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol, according to various reports. “I hold myself to a high standard and take my role as a member of the Toronto Raptors very seriously,” Valanciunas said in a team-released statement released Monday evening. “I apologize to the organization, my teammates, my family and my fans, and regret any negativity this incident has brought upon them.”

Lewenberg: Raptors’ Valanciunas arrested for impaired driving | TSN

“I hold myself to a high standard and take my role as a member of the Toronto Raptors very seriously,” said the 21-year-old in a statement released by the team Monday evening. “I apologize to the organization, my teammates, my family and my fans, and regret any negativity this incident has brought upon them.”

Raptor Jonas Valanciunas charged with drunk driving | Toronto Star

According to an OPP release, open beer bottles were spotted in Valanciunas’ vehicle as he went through a drive-thru at 2:30 a.m. Police traced the vehicle to an address in town. After investigation, Valanciunas was placed under arrest there, charged with “Exceed 80 mgs.” It’s not clear who, if anyone else, was with him. Beyond the legal and safety implications, this creates turmoil in a locker room that was prepping for its first playoff appearance in six years. The hows and whys will become more clear on Tuesday morning, when Valanciunas will have to face a media onslaught after midday practice.

Raptor Jonas Valanciunas charged with impaired driving :: Newstalk 1010

At about 2:30 a.m., OPP officers responded to a report of a silver car going through a drive-through with open beer bottles inside. Police say they located the vehicle near a residence on Oxbow Park Rd.  After an investigation, officers determined that the driver was under the influence of alcohol while in control of the vehicle.  21-year-old Valanciunas was charged.  The charge carries a $1,000 fine and one-year license suspension for first-time offenders.

Jonas Valanciunas charged with drunk driving – CBC Sports

Second-year centre Jonas Valanciunas has been charged with impaired driving, having been stopped in Wasaga Beach, Ont., about 2:30 a.m. ET after allegedly being spotted with open beer bottles while travelling through a drive-thru. Police say officers located the vehicle at a home, where they arrested Valanciunas alleging he was under the influence of alcohol while driving. Valanciunas is charged with having greater than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood and is to appear in court in nearby Collingwood on April 22.

We control our own destiny: Raptors’ Vasquez. | Toronto Sun

It’s too premature to speculate when Kyle Lowry (knee) and Amir Johnson (ankle) will be back, two starters who are key pieces with the post-season just around the corner, but each is making progress with no apparent setbacks. Greivis has filled in admirably for Lowry at the point, scoring and doing a solid job of protecting the basketball. Nando De Colo has been serviceable as backup, growing more comfortable as he gets more minutes. Without Lowry, though, the Raptors are susceptible on the perimeter, leading to far too many points in the paint. Johnson’s ability to show and recover on defence has been missed, while his ability to roll to the basket is second to none.

Chemistry carrying Raps through injury | Sportsnet

Still, with only five games left in the season, you have to like what you’re seeing out the Raps. This weekend, with two crucial pieces sitting out, they pulled out some big wins. You get the feeling that this team’s chances in the post-season will rest not on its stars, but on its depth and chemistry. For now, the Raptors are idle until Wednesday. It’s an opportune time to recharge some of the batteries, knowing full well that they’ll need everybody on board in time for the playoffs. “We need to get some rest, ” said Vazquez. “We need to get Kyle back. We need to get Amir back. We need to get back fully loaded to make a run.”

Is Raptors’ magical season sustainable or simply an anomaly? | Toronto Star

Is this core group good enough to be a perennial playoff team and legitimate contender to play for a championship? And what does general manager Masai Ujiri have to do to make sure growth is steady and that this isn’t a one-off post-season appearance that will simply tease long-suffering fans who haven’t sniffed the playoffs since 2008? “I like their pieces,” said one advance scout for an Eastern Conference rival. “But they’ve got some work to do.” Ujiri has held all season that this is nowhere near a complete roster and his search for talent upgrades is all-consuming. But it would seem that the core is young enough and affordable enough that a natural progression and adding key pieces may not be too hard to accomplish.

Raptors fans demand better TV coverage, tired of taking backseat to Maple Leafs | Toronto Star

“If the Leafs had a good product this year, maybe it would make sense. But the fact that they’re not going to make the playoffs — why not get the city of Toronto behind a team that will?”

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26 Responses to “Morning Coffee – Tue, Apr 8”

  1. Milesboyer

    What the hell was Valanciunas doing in Wasaga beach in April? Anyway, drunk driving isn’t the worst offence in the world, not to condone it but I hope the media doesn’t turn it into a circus.

    • Ds

      Not the worst offence? Tell that to the families of thousands of people who died because of dicks that drive under the influence.

      He should be suspended immediately, playoff positioning be damned. The organization has to show that you don’t dick around with these things.

      • Adam Bakker

        He barely blew over 80 man hes 20 years old, he messed up but you’ve gotta cut the kid some slack

        • Ds

          We all make mistakes, but when we break the law, we pay the price. I’m sure he feels like crap, but the NBA is going to suspend him the customary 2 games anyways. Let the Raptors organization show that is has the balls.

          • noname

            he was tested while at a residence. That makes this case take on a whole new level of complexity beause he could’ve easily had a few drinks at that house which pushed him over the limit. But it was stupid to leave empties in his car.

      • afrocarter

        The precedent is two games, so I expect that’s what he’ll be getting. The team and Jonas are lucky that the remaining competition isn’t all that great.

      • Milesboyer

        I bet the dicks under the influence that killed people were really drunk and that is very stupid and unfortunate. I bet JV was not that drunk considering he blew just over the limit. Again, I’m not condoning it but you don’t group someone who gets a DUI with people who committed manslaughter. Some people die of second hand smoke, does that make all smokers evil?

      • Donfiasko

        Did he make a mistake? Yes. Is he young? Yes. Could it have been much worse? Sure, everything could be worse. Will he do it again? I bet he won’t. Should he be doing community service for MADD for the next 10yrs? No. Should he be suspended? No. Does the average person get suspended from work because of a speeding ticket since driving too fast could cause an accident with severe consequences?

    • Cam

      It’s a very serious offense. I lost my best friend 5 years ago to a drunk driver, so to think that it’s “not the worst thing in the world” is just stupidity. I’m a huge JV fan, but this is a serious lack of judgment and I should hope the Raptors and the league discipline him accordingly.

  2. Quest

    im sure kyle and chuck will set him straight. he’s 21 years old and barely went over 80, so i’m chalking this up to youth. im sure he won’t make the same mistake again after this, he is a good kid. It could have been a lot worse, so thankfully no one was hurt. pay your 1000$, let your licence get suspended, sit out your 2 game suspension, and come back healthy and focused for the end of the season and playoffs! we forgive u JV!

    • tweed8

      He’ll probably not get convicted before the end of the season. The first court date will be a summary hearing which means things will get dragged out.
      Not condoning his action.

  3. Keepup

    This is not good. The Raptors are in a push just before the playoffs and the young center is out drinking in the middle of the night. What he did was dangerous and illegal. It was also not a good sign of his commitment as a pro basketball player. He needs to be focused on maintaining his physical and mental preparation at this time of year. Alcohol is a bad drug and has ruined a lot of promising careers. Let’s hope he takes this as a wake-up call and decides that he wants to be a top-notch NBA player above all else.

    • Keepup

      He looks terrible. He certainly doesn’t look the way you would want your starting center to look as you prepare for the playoffs. JV and the Raptors need to take this very seriously.

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  5. Rapchat

    This is a blessing in disguise. JV has learned now, very early in his career, that being a pro athlete does not get you any sort of free passes in this world. Yes he’s 21, but he’s not an average 21 year old, and he needs to act like it, or he will become an average 21 years old (not playing pro sports). Do what ya gotta do JV, and let’s be done with it! PLayofffffs!!!!!

  6. dunkmycat7

    Stupid is as stupid does.
    There is nothing good about this unless JV REALLY gets how messed up this is, take it to heart and inspires him to even better play on the copurt and much better decisions off it.
    2 things
    Please Read M Grange’s article on Sportsnet360-i think there is a link here on RR -IMO Best opinion I have read yet. Smart.
    and to D Smith – I wonder why this troll think that someone who admits to drinking after EVERY GAME and driving home thinks he has ANY RIGHT to comment on this situation. Not enough you are the worst Hoops writer ever, your misguided self serving moralizing is just so ridiculous. Please shutT.F.UP once and forever.

  7. Stef 511

    First hearing about it, I was pissed — for selfish Raptor-fan reasons — that he’d be that reckless. More I think about it tho, the more I wonder if charges’ll even stick. Can’t see how a breathalyzer can even be done, after-the-fact, not on-the-scene, and still be legal. Maybe they left him a big loophole sort of intentionally … and maybe it’ll all be enough to smarten his ass up. Fingers crossed.

    • DryDry

      Maybe he said something incriminating when they finally found him. Maybe they have surveillance tape from the drive thru showing him driving…

      • Steverino

        Doesn’t matter. All that matters is if he was over the legal limit when driving. If he had been drinking but was under the legal limit, there’s no broken law. The only broken law is the open alcohol containers in his vehicle. And I’m a guy who usually sides with police, but the process has to be done right.

    • Steverino

      Agree. And this isn’t to excuse his actions, but I don’t see how you can do a breathalyzer later when the guy’s at home. Of course, I don’t know his exact blood alcohol level, but if it’s not that much over .08, and he continued drinking at home, then surely it could be argued it was below the legal limit earlier when he was driving. But that won’t get him off the hook for driving with open beer bottles.

  8. Roarque

    I blame Rob Ford. Really? I blame his wife. Seriously? I blame Lithuanians everywhere. What, the entire country? I blame youth Yawn. I blame Wasaga Beach and its culture of public beer drinking. Snore. Blame Jonas? Never! He’s just a good kid.
    Driving through take out at 2:30 am. Driving a car while drunk. Beer bottles rolling around in the back seat.
    These kids are coached and coached and coached to never do what Jonas did. They are saturated with how to handle the public, how to behave in public, how to think about consequences. So all we have left is stupidity. I blame stupidity. Dammit Jonas! Wake up!

  9. Lithuanian

    This photo was taken regarding some anti-alcohol campaign in Lithuania in 2012. How ironic, lol.


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