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Report: Celtics center Vitor Faverani arrested for drunk driving in Spain

Aug 4, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

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Well, the Celtics are in the off-season news now, but not in a good way.

Boston’s backup center Vitor Faverani has been arrested in Valencia, Spain, on drunk driving charges, something reported by El Mercantil Valenciano and passed along here first by Celtics Blog.

According to the reports he apparently ran a red light and hit a bus, but there were no injuries. Other reports have his blood alcohol level at several times the legal limit. Sounds like it was fortunate nobody was hurt.

There has been no statement from the team yet. Once the legal process runs its course the NBA usually suspends players two games without pay for this infraction.

Faverani was the only real center on the Celtics roster last season but tore his meniscus in February and was out for the end of the season. The Brazilian big man spent time in the D-League last season and got in 37 games for the Celtics, playing okay when he did (4.4 points a game, .502 true shooting percentage). He has spent the off-season rehabbing his knees. Well, and apparently going out a little and making some bad decisions.

  1. imakcds - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    is this another of Ainge’s legendary centers?

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      Vitor led the team in checking out the cheerleaders. He was shameless the fifteen games I went to last year.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        well, if you’re riding the pine…

        and if they’re worth checking out…

        I started young myself. my uncle took my cousin and me to a Notre Dame vs. Purdue football game when I was 10 yrs old.

        he brought a pair of binoculars and and he saw me looking at the opposite end of the stadium through them when the game action was near the other goal line.

        my Uncle told me the game action is over there and I told him I was looking at people.

        I was checking out the cheerleaders as they had a group in all four corners of the stadium and I had long picked out my favorite so when it was my turn to use the binoculars…


    • sportsfan18 - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      yep, he’ll end up right behind Bill Russell and the Chief on their list of all time great centers…

  2. asimonetti88 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    From what I’ve heard, you have to be pretty obvious to get a DUI in Europe. They supposedly don’t really enforce it like they do here in America. Hitting a bus is probably obvious enough.

  3. j0esixpack - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    The only concern is that in a season when they want to earn a high draft pick, this guy’s replacement is bound to be an improvement

  4. pbtunpaidwriter - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Drunk driving shouldn’t just be considered an “infraction” and two games is way too little for something this serious.

  5. pukpokito - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Cut him.Celtics shouldn’t stand for this.There are bigger problems that needs attention and more players hungry to prove themselves and want an opportunity to play.

  6. campcouch - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Lucky he wasn’t in Germany. Polizei is no joke there.

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