Trail Blazers’ Thomas Robinson cited for driving 107 mph
Trail Blazers power forward Thomas Robinson was cited for driving 107 mph on Friday, a violation that carries a $1,150 fine.
An officer “observed a white 2013 Porsche Panamera traveling at a high rate of speed on the freeway,” said Sgt. Pete Simpson, Portland Police Bureau, in an email. “The officer’s LIDAR would clock the vehicle at 107 MPH in a 55 MPH zone.”
Robinson was cited for violation of the Basic Rule (100 MPH +), which carries a fine of $1,150, Simpson said.
Robinson — who was involved in an accident with his Porsche last January — tweeted an apology Sunday:
Apologies for that speeding ticket rip city gotta be more careful with watching the speed limit my first and last one tho for sure—
thomas robinson (@Trobinson0) October 27, 2013
Robinson, 22, the fifth pick in the 2012 draft, was acquired from the Rockets in July. He began his career with Sacramento but was traded to Houston last February. He averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 15.1 minutes as a rookie.
The Blazers have high hopes for Robinson, who averaged 6.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in 19.6 minutes in seven preseason games.
“[H]e’s a monster and he’s going to have a chance to be a big-time player in our league,” general manager Neil Olshey told reporters at the start of training camp.
Olshey added: “You guys have seen a limited sample of Thomas Robinson, and you guys are going to be incredibly surprised just how gifted this kid is, now that he’s got renewed energy, he’s engaged, he knows we’re embracing him, he knows we’re invested in him, and he’s responded.”