Jose Ortiz Rumors
02 Dec 14
Former NBA player Jose Ortiz is being held in federal prison in Puerto Rico after a judge revoked his bail, saying he had tested positive for cocaine. Ortiz pleaded guilty last week to drug charges after federal agents raided his home in June and seized 218 marijuana plants at his house along with 40 rounds of ammunition. Ortiz had been freed on bail while awaiting sentencing.
The attorney for former NBA player Jose Ortiz says his client will plead guilty to drug charges in Puerto Rico following an agreement with federal prosecutors. Hector Guzman Jr. filed a motion Thursday requesting a hearing so Ortiz can enter a new plea.
Angelo Medina was one of those able to speak with Ortiz at the rehab center where he is at the moment. “I had the opportunity to see him and he is truly sorry,” says Medina. “He’s confused, distressed, yet strong as always when it matters. Remember that he was a clutch player who stepped up in difficult times. I saw him in good condition, worried… and embarrassed. “He is sorry because he has so much pride. He is sad because he has been involved in this. But he acknowledges that he is sick and needs help.”
“We had seen each other less frequently during the past few years,” says Medina, manager of bands like Mana or Calle 13 and previously of Ricky Martin. “I called him recently and he didn’t answer. There was already a big rumor at the time that he was involved in substance use. “He was isolated from his people. He was obviously in the grip of vice. He was possessed. He was isolated and involved with people of questionable reputation.”
Jose Ortiz squandered much of his fortune living in luxury, but also helping people close to him, according to Julio Toro, former Puerto Rican NT coach. “He spent lavishly, but he was very generous to many people and was unlucky in his investments,” says Toro. “And of course, if you are not careful with money, you lose it.”
Former NBA player Jose Ortiz has been arrested in Puerto Rico after federal agents say they seized 218 marijuana plants and 40 rounds of assault-rifle ammunition at his house. Ortiz was charged Thursday with possession with intent to distribute the plants. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.