Coban Porter: Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr's brother arrested in connection with fatal car crash

Coban Porter: Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr's brother arrested in connection with fatal car crash
Denver Nugget star Michael Porter Jr's younger brother, Coban Porter, arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide (Michael Reaves/Getty Images, Denver Pioneers)

DENVER, COLORADO: The younger brother of Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr has reportedly been arrested in connection with a fatal car crash in south Denver. Coban Porter was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide and reckless driving, according to Denver police.

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The sophomore guard at the University of Denver was taken into custody on Sunday, January 22 at the scene of a two-vehicle collision at South University Boulevard and Buchtel Boulevard, police spokesman Kurt Barnes told The Denver Post. The horrific collision took place at around 1.54 am and left one driver dead. The authorities also clarified that Porter Jr was not involved in the crash. However, he was held out of Sunday night’s game against Oklahoma City due to “personal reasons.”

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Reflecting on Porter's arrest, a DU spokesman issued a statement stating, "This is a tragic and heartbreaking situation, and our deepest sympathies are with those involved in the accident, their families, and friends. All the resources of our campus and the broader community, including counseling services, are available to any DU community member in need of assistance 24/7."

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Born on May 6, 2001, Porter is currently playing for the Denver Pioneers in the guard position, according to Sportskeeda. He moved to Denver after committing to the University of Denver men’s basketball program following astonishing stint with Father Tolton Catholic in Columbia, Missouri, and Link Prep in Branson, Missouri. As a rookie with the Pioneers, Porter appeared in 28 games last year. He averaged 11.4 points on 41.9% shooting from the field and 41.3% from long distance in 28 games. His highest-scoring game came when the Pioneers faced the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles as he scored 26 points that night.

Despite a decent freshman year, Porter was sidelined this year due to a torn ACL. However, he is still listed on the team’s roster and attending classes at DU. Porter has six siblings, including Porter Jr and Jontay, who had a brief stint with the Grizzlies last season. Talking about Porter Jr, he was drafted into the NBA back in 2018 and has since been among the scoring players. He was selected by the Denver Nuggets as the 14th overall pick. Porter Jr reportedly played only nine games last season due to a serious back injury. Regardless, he signed a five-year, $172 million extension before his back problem got worse. Comparing him to his younger brother Porter, they more or less have similar scoring abilities.

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