• Bigfaceless

    Well, it looks like he’ll plead guilty, at least that’s what his statement implies. Also, if it goes to court he’d have to show up in person, likely during the first round. I can’t see that being a good idea for anyone.

    I imagine the league will suspended and fine him and maybe the team will fine him, but I assume the Raptors won’t add any additional games on to what the league mandates.

    • Rapchat

      Will not have to show up in person for some time. His reps can go to court on his behalf until he is ready to plea. That in itself can be drawn out for months.

  • http://www.probballreport.com/ Stephen Brotherston

    They should what everyone else in this situation should do – hire a really good lawyer! Anything else is stupid. Pleading guilty during the playoffs would be beyond stupid.

  • http://ryanrobinson.ca/ Ryan Robinson

    1 game suspension, preferably right away for tomorrow’s Philly game to have the least on-court impact. They do have to send a message that DUI is definitely not acceptable (assuming the league doesn’t do it for them). But ultimately their concern is for what happens on the basketball court and this doesn’t effect that at all. Other than that message they can leave it in the hands of the legal courts, which will probably give an insignificant fine after he pleads guilty.

    • DDon

      Put him on Antabuse until the season is over.

      • Tanks-a-lot

        Lets force him to take chemical castration pills as well, you know, just for shits and giggles.

  • Stephen

    Yeah, I was going to say suspend him for Game 82, but that seems rather shortsighted (and from a legal position would be incredibly dumb; I can imagine what his lawyer would say to the Raps if they did that).

    But, still… on a 0 to Bargnani’s-Appendix-Exploding, this is pretty fucking awful timing. WHY WAS HE IN WASAGA BEACH IN APRIL!?!

  • Boya

    Innocent until proven guilty. Get a great lawyer and plead Not guilty. This case seems to have a Swiss cheese complexion.

    • bobjoe

      Oh come on man. Based on released information, he was obviously driving under the influence. Stop with this whole “athletes are better than the rest of us” garbage mentality. He fucked up.

      • Rapchat

        Not defending JV but actually, anyone can get a lawyer and plead not guilty. Not just athletes.

  • c_bcm

    2 game suspension immediately. He put himself in a situation where his driving fitness was put in question (driving with open beer). I get the innocent until proven guilty thing, but what is known is serious enough to warrant a suspension. He should also own it, plead guilty, prostrate himself to the court and try everything he can to minimize the damage to the team. This would go a long way to restoring the respect the fanbase and the organization has been getting for him. Community service as a spokes person for MADD may also be in the cards….

    • Tanks-a-lot

      screw MADD. Nobody should support them anymore as they have become a Prohibition organization.

      • c_bcm

        Prohibition organization? Maybe to those who have a difficult time separating alcohol consumption with driving. Listen, I’ve done stupid things in my youth. I was reprimanded for it. Now that I am older, all I can do is marvel at my luck that I didn’t hurt someone.

        • Guest

          MADD are overly militant tools. Leave me alone. I drive like a boss stoned. Don’t push your morality on me.
          And I don’t drink and drive. don’t even drink.

      • mcm1

        Take it you have never lost a loved one to a drunk driver? Seen it happen to a friend of mine. Not something I would recommend.

        • DDon

          There are a lot of enablers on this thread. It’s OK to drink and drive….as long as you don’t get caught…and if you do get caught or kill someone a good lawyer will get you off!

          • Tanks-a-lot

            I don’t agree with the enablers. I just think MADD has achieved its goals and is now engaged in incremental prohibition to stay relevant.

            • ibleedpurple

              MADD has achieved its goals? I didn’t realize drunk driving had come to an end. Thanks for the news bulletin!

            • Paul

              MADD also supported the stunt driving charge for speeders doing 50km/hr over the speed limit. In the end they charged a bunch of Northern Ontario drivers who’ve never even heard of street racing. The speed limit is lower in the north (90km/hr, sometimes 80 km/hr) and there are many tractor trailers on two lane highways with few passing lanes, thus necessitating bursts of speed.
              This is what the crime and punishment lobby gets you. Arbitrary laws, arbitrarily enforced, by dim wit cops.

              • Tanks-a-lot

                bingo

        • Milesboyer

          Ridiculous argument. I lost a loved one in a car accident because someone was speeding. Everyone speeds, whether it’s 1km/hr over the limit or 50Km/hr over. Doesn’t mean the whole world is bad/evil/should be suspended form work/should do community service, should give themselves 50 lashes. We don’t know all the facts so let’s not make assumptions.

    • Paul

      Spokesperson for MADD? That corrupt lobby group has it’s finger in a lot of different pies. But hey, in this world of bullshit public facades, why not? It’s like when Michael Richards went and kissed Jesse Jackson’s ass. The lemmings eat that shit up.

    • cdub

      why would the team supsend him the league will do that if/when convicted. is supsending him an extra 2 games going to teach him more of a lesson?

      • c_bcm

        Proactive, get in front of it. Send a message to the rest of the players on the team that the organization has too much respect for them to let this sort of behavior go lightly. Listen. I’m not saying we crucify the man, we all make mistakes. But you have to own the mistakes you make. The team has a responsibility to itself and the fans to take this very seriously. It’s all part of the “team identity” thing that we have all been beginning for, and currently see developing.

        • cdub

          I understand your point, my point was what is an additional 1 or 2 games
          going to do that isn’t already accomplished? He will be supsended by the
          league. He will be fined by the league. He will be fined by the team. He will
          have to pay all the fines and do his work relating to his sentence. He will
          likely have to participate in all kinds of awareness activities on behalf of the
          team. He will have to face everyone for the next month or so and deal with all
          the embarrasment from his poor decision which is the worst part of it all.. I guess what I am saying is that it is going to do jack squat, imo. It’s like sending a message on top of the other 10 messages. Therefore I expect him to suit up in Philly tomorrow.

  • Edgar

    Suspend him for “conduct detrimental to the team” etc for most if not all the remainder of the regular season (3-5 games) while publicly making it clear that this will not be tolerated under this organization (for all the talk of only bringing in “character guys”). Also make a large sum donation to MADD etc (preferably from his pocket) and have JV volunteer to a few hundred hours of community service of their choice. Then the right message will be made in the media and the NBA will be put in situation to lessen or dismiss their suspension during the playoffs/next season while also likely lessening the pressure on the courts to make an example of him as a celebrity/public figure.

  • Boya

    He was arrested at a house. He should have the same courtesy as any other…I bet you he will get off! BTW do you know if the alcohol limit went over after he went home and drank some more? Give me a break. He was not arrested while driving. There could be a time lag as well as other factors! Just because he apologized for “putting his team” in this predicament; it does not make him guilty.

    • Paul

      My thoughts exactly. The threshold for liability under the criminal code is proof of mens rea and actus reus beyond a reasonable doubt. Even a crappy lawyer could poke this one full of holes

      • c_bcm

        It’s gotten beyond legalities. You can make whatever argument you want, and it might be enough for a court to see reasonable doubt. But we all know what’s going on here. It’s the public perception that needs to be addressed now. This is what the organization needs to be worried about. That, plus the truth. If he was driving intoxicated, he needs to be reprimanded, regardless of whatever legal acrobatics he can do to get out of a conviction.

  • robertparish00

    He needs Jason Kidd’s PR.

  • Bendit

    I am more concerned about the “big” picture. Is Jonas running with a questionable crowd and does he have a drinking problem (he has had similar problems before?) I would rather he just plead guilty if he truly was rather than make up silly stories.

    • noname

      he admitted to it apparently, so you can take a breather.

  • Magombo

    Should face repercussions outside of the NBA, understandably the Raptors don’t want to condone the behaviour but this is externally from the game, he should be expected to fulfill his commitment to basketball and face any consequence (probably fine and demerit points)

  • Lyall

    I would personally ban alchohol again. I don’t care what you all say; alchohol is bad. It kills people. Think about Ryan Dunn; douche drunk driver. I’m gonna take all the empties I can find and shove em ll down you alkie’s mouths.

    • Paul

      Ryan Dunn?? That’s the best reason you can come up with not to drink? Are you drunk?

      • Moe

        He could probably add drunk driving is like number 1 in Canada for most deaths

        • Fred or Something

          *lights cigarette*

        • noname

          nope, that would be smoking.

      • CJT

        What about Dany “The Manslaughterer” Heatley? didn’t he cut his best friend in half about a pole driving his new Ferrari drunk?

    • Rapchat

      Also, why not ban cars too. Are you aware of how many people get killed in car accidents that have nothing to do with alcohol??

    • Tanks-a-lot

      Just imagine the police state possibilities.

  • Quest

    if he is guilty, then make it a two game suspension. if he is not guilty, then make there is no need to do anything. league policy is 2 games, so suspend him for the sixers and bucks games. but we DO need him for the knicks games. hopefully he learns from this.

  • Paul

    Innocent until proven guilty. Since when do cops show up at a house and give you a breathalyzer to charge you with DUI because someone told them you were driving? This is horseshit.
    All the social do-gooders are so quick to condemn people. When the long dick of the law comes to fuck you up the ass you’ll whistle a different tune.

    • bobjoe

      They have him on film operating a vehicle with open containers. You ranting about people who don’t like drunk drivers is horse shit.

      • Paul

        Open containers do not equal driving drunk. It’s asinine the publicity this is getting.

        • c_bcm

          Open containers got the cops called. Blowing waaaay over the legal limit got him charged.

          • Paul

            While he was no longer behind the wheel. Obviously that doesn’t concern you, but it does me. Sometimes procedure is everything. Police can exercise enough untrammeled discretion when they act within the bounds of their mandate. Let them pull this shit and there’s no telling what those corrupt thugs will get up to.

            • c_bcm

              Yea dude. Fuck the PO-lice.

              • Paul

                Actually it might be the police fucking you one day… so above comment re “long dick of the law”

                You’ll be glad to have a zealous advocate on your side should that day ever come

                • CJT

                  Or you could just behave responsibly and not worry about being dicked at all.

                • Jordan

                  It doesn’t always work like that homey. Do you not think the occasion miscarriage of justice occurs? I’m not saying this is one. There is probably, IMO, less that 1% chance JV wasn’t intoxicated while driving. However, without proper police procedure it makes it more likely that more miscarriages of justice happen in the future.

                • CJT

                  Not sure I understand your point, if no one in the car was drinking and there were no open bottles of alcohol, there wouldn’t have been any reason for someone in a drive thru window to alert the police and no reason for any kind of justice to be taken.

          • Steverino

            Do we know what he blew? Was he “waaaay” over the legal limit or just over the legal limit. But there’s no way of proving he was “waaaay” over, just over, or even under the legal limit while driving — just that he was over while at home, which is not illegal.

    • Guest

      I upvoted not because I agree with the sentiment but because you managed to work in “long dick of the law”. Sometimes poetry rises above right or wrong.

      • Paul

        For the record, I am not defending drunk drivers but the rights of an accused. To be charged with DUI when you’re not behind the wheel intoxicated is an absolute travesty. I hope he fights it and wins.

        • CJT

          My understanding is he already said he did it. He admitted that he had been drinking and that there were open containers in the car etc. So not sure your point is valid.

          • Steverino

            It’s not illegal to drive after drinking as long as you’re under the legal limit. So he can admit he had been drinking but that doesn’t prove he was over the legal limit while he was driving. He could have gone over the limit after he got home and continued drinking. So his admission means nothing unless he has a personal breathalyzer and knew he was over the limit.

    • truth

      These charges will never stick. How can they prove he was drunk while he was driving? He could have pounded a mickey when he walked in the door. Open container violation at most. Godamn northern witch hunt.

  • Nathan Monteith

    He’s a Toronto Raptor, so it makes sense that he’s sat down by the Mayor of the city to have a long discussion about drinking responsibly and what that means to………….

    wait a sec. Never mind.

  • BigDickKamen

    2 game suspsension for him better now than when were in playoffs

    • Moe

      He can’t get suspended then, don’t worry

  • Moe

    Make JV star in those horrible “don’t drink and drive” ads (José did one)… That would be a huge punishment

  • Rapchat

    I didn’t see but is there evidence that JV was actually driving? Coulda been taking the rap for his girl, figuring he’d get off easier?

    • JayTeam

      Must have an ugly gf if the drive through clerk mistook her for Jonas.

      • noname

        that’s impossible he’s married to this hot lithuanian chick (i think she’s lithuanian). Unless if he cheated on her (Holy shit CONSPIRACY!!!). LOol k no way that happened.

  • Bryan Colangelo

    The longer you take to punish him, the bigger risk it becomes a distraction for the team — because the media will make it into a distraction. Sooner he pays his dues, the sooner everyone forgets about it.

  • DanH

    If he’s convicted (and only if and/or when that happens) the suspension handed down will be league mandated, not team mandated. The team cannot suspend him now without reason (NBPA agreements suggest that criminal offenses can only be punished when found or pleading guilty). And the team will have no control over the suspension if he is found guilty (in 6 months or so when the trial will likely take place, meaning he serves the 2 games next season, no chance of serving them during the playoffs). So there’s no point at all to this poll.

    • JayTeam

      This

    • cdub

      great point. It’s already been confirmed he’s playing tomorrow so everyone overreacting and saying the team should suspend him can hopefully stop now….they can always boo the guy raptor fans are good at that

      • noname

        ugh… great now the fans have a bad name because of the idiots that boo. I mean sometimes it is well deserved (see: Hedo Turkoglu) but sometimes it’s either overkill (VC) or not even called for (rudy gay; he never talked shit about the franchise or stopped playing hard did he??). If anything, i’d boo Jonas for like a minute just to show him that the fans don’t approve of him running around doing shit like this, but if it lasts longer…

  • Eunys

    And his wife was around? lol my wife would have killed me..for just thinking about driving. He Should stop hangin out with stupid friends…lol but we should not forget the guy is only 21 and his friend are probably less