Toronto, Canada- A late-night fast food run has landed Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas in hot water after he was busted for driving under the influence early Monday morning in Wasaga Beach.
According to reports, Valanciunas, 22, was nabbed by police after he went through a drive-thru with open beer bottles in plain view. A worker alerted police and Valanciunas was arrested at his home for suspicion of driving under the influence. The police reported noted he exceeded 80 mgs of alcohol per milliliter of blood, the Toronto Sun reported.
“I hold myself to a high standard and take my role as a member of the Toronto Raptors very seriously,” Valanciunas said in a statement released by the team. “I apologize to the organization, my teammates, my family and my fans, and regret any negativity this incident has brought upon them.”
His first court appearance is scheduled for April 22nd, and if convicted he could lose his license from year and
As for the NBA, it’s likely if Valanciunas is convicted for the DUI, he could be suspended from the team for a game or two, but it’s doubtful he’ll face tougher sanctions than that.
In a statement released late Monday, the Raptors said:
“We were made aware (Monday) morning of the incident involving Jonas Valanciunas and are disappointed he has put himself in this situation. We take this matter very seriously as we have the highest expectations for all members of our organization. At this time we are continuing to gather information and we will comment further when appropriate.”
Athletes as just like everyone else in the respect that they too make mistakes, but it so hard to understand why multi-millionaires—Valanciunas makes $3.5 million each year—don’t call a cab or pay a service to drive them when they have one too many drinks. It defies logic, but drunken people aren’t logical and often arrogantly think that they are perfectly fine to drink. Fortunately, Valanciunas didn’t get into an accident or harm anyone.
Even though most people would agree that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is wrong, they continue to do it. Many habitual drunken drivers are able to get away with an average of 80 times before they are arrested. This is
When facing a driving under the influence charge, a DUI attorney is a must. Conviction is costly; your pocket book will take a hit and you could lose certain rights you enjoy. A DUI conviction can factor into college admissions, and your career choice. A DUI arrest can haunt a person for years so it’s in their interest to challenge the charges.
Anyone facing a DUI should retain a DUI attorney to advise them on what action they should take. Too many people make the mistake of thinking they don’t need an attorney, but they do. Legal counsel will look at the circumstances of each arrest and determine if their client would be better served by defending themselves in court or negotiating for a plea bargain.