Things are not looking good for Boston Celtics center Vitor Faverani. The second-year player is currently rehabbing a meniscus tear suffered during his rookie season with the team and had high hopes of returning to the team in early September. But some off the court behavior may slow any chance of that. According to a report by Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com on Monday, Faverani was arrested for drunk driving in Spain.
In an arrest that occurred on Sunday, the Celtics center reportedly collided with a bus after running a red light in Valencia. According to a Spanish paper, Faverani registered a blood-alcohol rate that was three times the legal limit. Luckily, no one was hurt in the collision. Under Spanish law, Faverani will serve some jail time, a fine and some community service.
Celtics officials have yet to comment on the arrest, but some sort of punishment is sure to be handed down on Faverani from the team. The NBA may also come down hard on the 6-foot-11 center. The league typically waits for the legal process to unfold before deciding on a suspension. In any event, it does not look good for Faverani, especially in a year in which he is expected to compete for playing time.
The Celtics have last year’s second round pick, Colton Iverson, returning and has traded for center Tyler Zeller. The team also has Jared Sullinger, Brandon Bass and Kelly Olynyk in a crowded frontcourt. The Brazil native averaged 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in a shortened rookie season. He signed a three-year contract last season with the Celtics and is scheduled to earn $2.1 million this season. Some of that will more than likely go to fines and Faverani could possibly be in jeopardy of losing his roster spot.