WALTHAM – While speaking at Celtics media day Monday, second-year center Vitor Faverani shot down Spanish media reports that he was arrested for drunk driving in Spain this summer.
“There’s no truth,” Faverani said of the story. “Somebody in Spain tried to kill me [in the media] but he can’t. So there’s nothing of it. I’m here, you know? Everybody knows in Spain: There’s no truth. So I don’t care about [the report].”
The 26-year-old downplayed the idea that he was even involved in any kind of automobile incident overseas. La Opinión de Málaga reported in July that Faverani had run a red light and crashed into a bus, which led to his arrest.
“It was not a car accident,” Faverani declared. “I just broke one light right here, but [the author wrote] a lot of things like I’m in jail. This is not true. He lied.”
Last week, Danny Ainge told reporters at the Shamrock Foundation Golf Tournament that the team was contemplating a punishment for Faverani, based on the reported incident. Now, it appears the Celtics will not act on what Faverani declares is a fabricated story.
“I’m talking a lot with [Celtics director of player personnel] Austin Ainge and he just asked me if there’s truth or no. I said no, there’s no truth. He talked with my people in Spain, they say it’s not true. The people high above me believe me, and that’s all,” Faverani said.
Head coach Brad Stevens said Faverani is expected to be fully ready to take part in the team’s training camp when it kicks off Tuesday. The center played in just 37 games in his rookie season before undergoing season-ending surgery last February to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.