Joba arrested for DUI


Title says it all. Joba was arrested for DUI early Saturday back home in Nebraska, thankfully no one was hurt. Idiot.

Update (11:15pm): PeteAbe will update this post with more info as it becomes available.

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  1. Reggie C. says:

    AAAARRRGH. I hope his kid wasn’t with him.

  2. Damn. Just damn. I can’t believe he’d do that. I’m actually in shock.

  3. Mike Pop says:

    Wow this is gonna look really bad

  4. Steve S says:

    Not that much of a surprise. Well get over it. Lets just hope coke isnt huge in Nebraska so he doesn’t go down the Doc path.

  5. Adam says:

    what a moron. seriously dude, grow the hell up.

  6. Lanny says:

    A DUI isn’t a DWI.

    • Mike Pop says:

      Still bad, gonna get alot of media coverage, make the organization look bad, make him look bad, gonna have fans(not yanks but others) hate on him for it. Its a bad situation

  7. Lanny, the press basically treats it as the same thing.

    I really hope Joba learns from this, seriously.

    • UWS says:

      I personally don’t care if it’s a DUI or a DWI. He’s still an idiot.

      I love Joba, but come on. Drunk drivers are among the lowest scum on earth.

      This angers me greatly.

  8. Mike Pop says:

    The worst part was they found it in the car and that picture ugh…. I cant believe he had it in his car open and what not, shit pisses me off. He will do a great deal of apologizing and all that shit, his dad might hit him with a belt or some shit.. Trying to be serious im not joking round

  9. Ben B. says:

    A DUI is a DWI. Different states call it different things. Some states also have a lesser offense at a lower BAC, and call it something like Driving with Ability Impaired.

    Until they run a blood or breath test, though, we won’t actually know whether or not he will be charged. The paper is either wrong, or the test has already been done and the paper just didn’t say so. At this point, he would only have been arrested on SUSPICION of DUI, prior to testing down at the station, not an actual DUI.

    We’ll find out soon enough.

  10. Mike Pop says:

    There any chance he gets a suspension becuz of this ? This might make us go after Starters more aggressively ? maybe ?

    • Mike A. says:

      There will definitely be some form of punishment, probably a hefty fine.

    • UWS says:

      Well, the Yankees should suspend him at the very least even if the league doesn’t.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

      This may be an unpopular opinion here, but I don’t think he should be suspended for this incident. Whether he actually will be or not I have no idea, I’m not well-versed in the league’s disciplinary rules. I don’t think he should be though. He will go through the legal process and most likely be given his punishment by the law. I’m not condoning nor excusing his actions, but I really don’t think professional discipline is called for. I would not be suspended from my job or docked pay if I were to be found guilty of DUI, and I imagine the same is true for everyone here. The Yankees and MLB are not babysitters. I think professional discipline should be saved for incidents in which the offender does something that affects the integrity of the game, it shouldn’t be a tool wielded in an attempt to punish employees’ personal transgressions if they are unrelated to job performance.

  11. Ben B. says:

    There is also a mandatory MINIMUM jail sentence in Nebraska. It’s only seven days, but still.


  12. Mike Pop says:

    Howd u find this article?

  13. Chris says:

    This makes Kennedy’s comments this year seem not so bad, huh?

  14. Mike Pop says:

    And this is our guy who was supppose to be the one, the golden child.. it sucks

  15. Rafi says:

    Did you just need to add the ‘horrendously retarded’ label for this? Can’t say that I argue with it here

  16. iYankees says:

    What pisses me off is that some Yankee fans are going to think of a way to downplay this ordeal. Honestly, drinking and driving is just dumb as shit. Joba is Joba, but if the context was different, he could’ve pulled a Jim Leyritz.

  17. ohbwonhomie says:

    Really are these athletes ever going to learn? dont u think he could have been a bit smarter, have a designated or maybe no open container, or just not do it. its very disappointing. very.

  18. Joey says:

    first thing I read after another horribly upsetting sox win… could this night be any worst. Come on Joba, seriously? I thought you were smarter that that.

  19. Manimal says:

    Is he even 21 yet? :P

  20. ohbwonhomie says:

    I think someone needs to check him now! Giradi, Jete, someone on the team or past teams, not management as of yet but……maybe Tino or Reggie, need to talk to him about all thats riding on him. You know its beenall about him for what now, two years, c’mon now, Rotation or no rotation drama, the build up, yankee future. Shit, with power comes great responsibility.

  21. J.R. says:

    In all fairness he is a 23 year old kid with a ton of money (350k a year at 23 is a ton) and fame thrust on him. All 23 year old kids make shitty decissions.

    This isnt to excuse him, just to put it in perspective.

    • mustang says:

      Well said couldn’t agree with you more.

      • Steve says:

        Count me in here. I don’t expect 23 year olds to have perfect judgment, and just because a guy can throw a ball 98 MPH I don’t think that makes him any different than any other kid.

        The vindictiveness of the reactions here I must admit has surprised me. But I guess the schools have really been pushing this stuff since I was in HS in the mid 80′s. We got a little of it back then, and DWI laws were just starting to be passed at that time.

  22. mustang says:

    Kids make mistakes, not that I’m excusing it at all, but before judging lets wait until the whole story comes out. Most important lets see how Joba and the Yankees deal with this going forward.

  23. Mark says:

    I’m in no way defending him. I think drunk driving is completely idiotic. It’s unfortunate. I was actually at a bar when I heard and saw it on espn. I mean he is a young kid, who obviously has to learn but when you’re a professional athlete, especially in NY, you have to know better and act as a professional should act. I think he should start living his life by this motto…WWJD? (What would Jeter do?) because I think we all know that the Cap’n would never be involved in something like this. I know he’s young, but hopefully this is the type of thing that will really kick him in the ass. This really saddens, angers and disappoints me, but I honestly think he is a good guy at heart, who just made a horrible mistake, and will try to make up for it. Hopefully he proves me right.
    At least he didn’t steal 30 laptops…i’m looking at you mr. buccholz

  24. Ben B. says:

    I’m a lawyer. One of the things that my more liberal law professors highlighted for me in law school was how, historically, offenses like drunk driving and (non-fatal) domestic violence (that is, without causing serious injury to the spouse or partner) were treated very differently by (historically) white male judges, who could identify with the defendants in those circumstances (that is, who could see themselves getting caught in a speed trap on the way home after three gin ‘n’ tonics but, at the same time, who could NEVER IMAGINE trying to score a couple of ounces of cocaine on Friday night).

    A bunch of you live in NYC. I lived and worked in NYC for eight of the last 15 years. I live in LA now. Drunk driving is a serious social issue, that can lead otherwise *good* people to be responsible for horrific and fatal consequences to others and their families.

    During my time in NYC, and after, I have been amused/annoyed by the self-righteous of New Yorkers who rail on about the social consequences of drunk driving (Mike A.). It’s easy to condemn all drunk drivers, and we should do everything in our power to eliminate drunk driving in our society, but it’s easy to rail on about drunk drivers when you can get completely obliterated at a bar in Manhattan on Friday night, fall into a taxi, and get home without incident. Meanwhile, your 23-year-old future All-Star had three drinks before he left his friend’s house, instead of two, and is legally over the limit, should NOT BE DRIVING A 3000 LB DEATH MISSILE, and gets caught in a speed trap.

    We need to stop drunk driving. And in order to do so, we, as a society, have set the limits for drunk driving relatively low (0.08 BAC, in many states, including Nebraska). If you are a professional athlete, you have the hand-eye coordination to drive a car competently (AT OR ABOUT THE SPEED LIMIT, which Joba was over) at a BAC of 0.08, on a route you know, to your home.

    There’s no excuse for drunk driving. It needlessly kills thousands of Americans a year. Many kids and young adults look up to Joba as a role model, and he failed them last night and needs to demonstrate/take responsibility for his actions, which I am sure he will do.

    But, let’s tone down the NYC-centric self-righteous indignation on this issue. It’s a little hollow coming from those who don’t have to commute after happy hour Fridays.

    If Joba’s BAC was 0.20, then he should probably spend some time this winter in prison. If his BAC was 0.08, well then, there but for the grace of God go many.

    I’m just glad this happened to him early in his career, when he is just starting to get lucrative endorsements, which could now start to dry up if he doesn’t take quickly responsbility for his actions. I bet Jeter jumps on this now, if Joba doesn’t do the right thing. But I bet Joba will. He’ll make a public apology, and probably become a national spokesperson for MADD. (Jeter will make a comment in Spring Training, anyway, just to make the point.)

    And more importantly, of course we are all glad that no one was injured by his poor judgment.

    Let’s just cut the NYC-centric indignation. It’s BS.

    • UWS says:

      You’re absolutely right that we should wait for the complete story to come out. However, for me there is no NYC-centric BS. I lived in upstate NY for many years, where there are no taxies “to fall into” after getting obliterated. I know of people who drove drunk all the fucking time, I know of people who got into accidents while driving drunk, and I know of people who got killed either by drunk drivers or by driving drunk themselves.

      I’m sorry, there’s just no excuse. Athlete or no athlete, I don’t care who you are. If you have a few drinks in you, just wait an hour or two. Besides, did you miss the part where he had a fucking open alcohol container IN HIS CAR??? It wasn’t just a matter of throwing back a couple of Buds at a friend’s house.

    • Steve says:

      You mean to tell me there are no subways in Nebraska? How UNCIVILIZED!

    • r.w.g. says:

      lincoln, nebraska may not be nyc, but it is a city of a quarter or a million people and is also a college town. it’s the state capital. i would be utterly shocked if there wasn’t a single cab driver service open 24 hours. i would bet money on there being several such businesses.

      if joba wanted to, he could have called a cab.

  25. r.w.g. says:

    wasn’t home at all yesterday, wake up this morning and see this shit. a few days ago someone i knew destroyed their car and died in the hospital days later because he was driving drunk.

    don’t want to pile on joba, but the sportscenter report said open container was in the car? i mean.. that’s just “i don’t give a fuck” behavior. it’s a bit disturbing, because it’s a little beyond just having one too many.. he brought another with him for road.

  26. Steve says:

    The important thing is that no husks of corn were harmed in this incident.

  27. Jim Leyritz says:

    What’s wrong with driving after you’ve had a few? Chances are good nobody will get hurt.

  28. [...] and paperwork will be prepared Monday to determine what charges will be filed, if any. As reader Ben B. pointed out last night, there’s a mandatory minimum of 7 days in jail if found guilty, [...]

  29. J.R. says:

    Let’s wait for all the facts to come out on this one. No one is calling for Brandon Backe to be suspended from the leauge and immeadiate action to be taken. I’m going to agree with Ben. B here and say that the NYC attitude needs to be dropped.

  30. Mike Pop says:

    Ya im hoping they pull something off..We gonna use this thread now for the game since the other one is real slow ?

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