They do things differently in Europe, don’t they? In the US, a star athlete would pay someone else to drunkenly drive their care into a 7-11. But not over there. Nope, in Europe they still do things the old-fashioned way. As my grandpa used to say, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” That’s likely the motto of Belgian soccer star Jonathan “Which One is the Brake?” Legear.
Here’s more on the story from USA Today (video below):
A Belgian soccer player drove his speeding Porsche through the glass doors of a gas station convenience store, injuring a customer at the cash register. Security video taken early Sunday shows Jonathan Legear’s car crashing in the eastern town of Tongeren. The luxury sports car plowed through several stalls of food and drinks before stopping, forcing customer Jeffrey Dewallef to jump out of the way. ”Injuries are mostly scrapes but I also have a badly twisted ankle,” Dewallef told a local television station. The 25-year-old player will be charged with involuntary assault and possibly intoxication, court spokesman Michel Zegers said Monday. Legear will be banned from driving for at least two weeks and could spend time in jail, Zegers added.
The store’s owner estimated the damage at $325,000. Legear apologized to all who “have been directly or indirectly affected by what happened.”
Michael Turner hasn’t exactly had the best start to a season so far in 2012. He was limited to just 11 carries in the opening week and while he followed that up with a 42 yard, one touchdown performance on Monday night against the Denver Broncos, things will be getting a little more difficult for the nine year pro. Early Tuesday morning, Turner was arrested and charged with DUI and speeding.
The 30-year-old rusher was pulled over after police say they saw him going 97 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. Turner was driving his Audi R8 sports car at the time of the incident and upon questioning by police at the scene and a subsequent failed drug test; he was taken to Gwinnett County Jail and booked just after 5 a.m. ET.
The way NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been cracking down on behavior detrimental to the league off the field, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Turner get suspended or fined heavily for this incident. While the fact that he was driving while drunk and excessively speeding are terrible things, fans may begin to question whether Turner can be trusted enough to lead the team to the Super Bowl. His lack of judgment is easily seen following the arrest and any possible punishment the league hands down to him would be deserving, but it does nothing but hurt the team.
You know, there’s drunk, and then there’s “crazy drunk. It also leads to great mug shots, doesn’t it? Here’s more on the story from USA Today:
Former Oakland Raiders and Cal Poly assistant coach Randy Hanson faces assault and battery charges for an Aug. 4 incident in which he allegedly smashed a beer bottle into the face of a man and then locked himself in a limo, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports.