In a summer that saw a lot of young players get in trouble with the law over vehicles, Tyler Olander is just another notch on the belt. On September 7, Olander was pulled over after it was reported that he was making “several jerky steering maneuvers”. At the time of the arrest, he failed a field sobriety test and also took a breathalyzer. The breathalyzer showed his alcohol level below .08 according to his attorney, which is the state’s legal limit. The other issue for Olander is that he has never had a valid driver’s license.
On September 23, Olander appeared in court and plead guilty to driving without a license. It was a deal that was arranged so that the prosecutors would drop the drunk driving charge and keep Olander away from any potential jail time.
For pleading guilty, he was fined $75 dollars. This is Olander’s second time getting in trouble with the law after he plead guilty to trespassing in March. For that case, Olander received a fine and community service. It also led to his suspension from the team for a month.
For the time being, Olander is suspended from the basketball team and there has been no timetable set for his return. After his transgressions, he will have to work hard at regaining the confidence of both his teammates and his coach.
The 21 one year old averages about four points and four rebounds per game and acts as a depth player for the Huskies. Olander’s ability to play spot minutes at the forward spots normally allows for UConn’s starters to get some rest but for the time being, the Huskies will have to do without him.
Despite his legal troubles, Olander hopes that he can regain his spot on the team and believes that his past mistakes do not define him as a person.
“I hope they don’t see these past images as a reflection of who I am, and they can see me as I’m a good kid who made some mistakes as everybody does,” he said.