Tuesday, June 12, 2007

RIP Andre Bell – What’s Next for J.R.?

(Boulder-CO) I am tardy getting this news posted due to a little bit of personal business that I hope I am able to share with you all at a later date, but it saddens me to report that Andre Bell, passenger of J.R. Smith’s in the automobile accident which occurred this weekend, died late last night in a New Jersey hospital.

The Rocky Mountain News is reporting today that J.R. Smith will be cited for his role in the accident which occurred over the weekend, but what is not certain as of this time are the results of the toxicology report or the impact this tragic turn of events will have on J.R.’s season with the Nuggets.

Tom Ziller from AOL’s Fan House is relating this to Denver Post writer Chris Dempsey’s cross reference to a similar case in the NHL. Dempsey points out that in Dany Heatley's 2003 crash which left teammate Dan Snyder dead. Heatley ended up serving only probation, but missed a year of ice time.
I think I speak for all of us when I say our thoughts and prayers go out to Bell’s family and friends, as well as, J.R. Smith and everyone else involved in this accident. I will be continuing to follow all of the details that are sure to develop in this matter, and as always, keep it locked on The Nugg Doctor for further developments in this story.
(Please, please let the toxicology report return clean...)

1 comment:

@slushygutter said...

Had a friend who lived about 30 seconds from the Heatley crash; lots of debate about the punishment in the ATL. Unlike the JR crash, that one was in the same city where he played. Tough situation for JR.