Posted: Friday October 20, 2006 11:25AM; Updated: Friday October 20, 2006 12:13PM
Controversy has evidently followed Sebastian Telfair to Boston.
There's something about NBA players, training camp and nightclubs that's making for a volatile mix this month. Two weeks ago, it was Pacers guard Stephen Jackson firing off his gun and getting hit by a car at a strip club. Now comes the bizarre case of Celtics point guard Sebastian Telfair.
While visiting a club in New York City late Monday, the night before his team's exhibition game with the Knicks, Telfair said he had a $50,000 gold chain stolen from around his neck. According to press reports, the 21-year-old Brooklyn native had parked his Bentley in front of Justin's, a popular night spot owned by hip hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs. When informed that the car might be towed, Telfair and his fiancée moved it to a nearby parking lot where he encountered four men, one of whom ripped the pricey bling off his neck.
But here's where the case gets bizarre. Almost as bizarre as the Stephen Jackson episode.
When Telfair went back in the club, according to the New York Post, he reportedly spotted the sticky-fingered assailant hanging with the crew of rapper Fabolous. Telfair didn't call police, but he reportedly was seen talking on his cell phone. Some two hours after, Fabolous -- also a Brooklyn native - was shot and wounded in the left thigh while standing outside the club.
New York police are investigating whether there was any connection between the robbery and the shooting. Telfair says he is simply a victim. He has cooperated, even leaving Tuesday night's game at halftime to help pick suspects out of a lineup.
Meanwhile, Fabolous has more to worry about than his wounded leg. After being shot, he and some companions drove away from the scene in their SUV. When stopped later by police, Fabolous and three members of his crew were arrested and charged with having unregistered loaded weapons.
Maybe the sequence of events was just a coincidence, but the incident won't help Telfair's image. Last February, as a member of the Blazers, the preps-to-pros phenom was fined by the team for carrying a loaded gun in a bag on the team's private jet. He claimed the gun belonged to his then-girlfriend and that he had accidentally grabbed the wrong bag.