By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Michael Savarino, the grandson of head coach Mike Krzyzewski, and star Paolo Banchero were charged following an incident in Hillsborough, North Carolina. The school announced that they are investigating the incident.
“We are reviewing a legal matter involving two members of the men’s basketball team,” Krzyzewski said in a statement released by Duke athletics.
Savarino was arrested by the North Carolina Highway Patrol on Sunday at 1:10 am EST for DWI. He was also cited, according to the authorities, for failure to yield at a stop sign/traffic light.
Banchero, who is regarded as one of the top picks in the 2022 NBA Draft, was charged with aiding and abetting DWI. Both men are scheduled to appear in court on December 8th and 9th.
He was not arrested. However, he was released from the scene.
It is not clear if the players will play for the Blue Devils tonight against Gardner-Webb. The school has not announced if the players, especially Banchero, who is more important to the team, will face a suspension.
Banchero, who is a freshman, is averaging a team-high 19.3 points per game, with 8.7 rebounds per contest. Savarino, who is a junior, has not scored this season in his lone appearance.
According to state law, the first offense for a DWI is a misdemeanor. The minimum that a person faces is 24-hours in jail with a maximum sentence up to two years with fines.
The aiding and abetting DWI charge for Banchero means that he is charged like a DWI; however, he was not driving. This means that Banchero knowing encouraged Savarino to drive while impaired.
Banchero is looking at a fine of up to $200. If convicted, he could spend one day in jail or up to 60 days if he receives a maximum sentence.
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