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The NBA has had its share of high-profile arrests recently. This chart breaks them down case by case, and shows how each player's employer responded.
Glenn Robinson F Atlanta Hawks
 
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Date: July 20

Charges: Arrested on charges of illegal possession of a gun and assault and battery after a dispute with his ex-fiancee.

Status: Scheduled to appear at a hearing Aug. 19.

Result: A Buck at the time of his arrest, Robinson was traded to the Atlanta Hawks shortly thereafter, where he will attempt to rehabilitate his image in a new city.

Allen Iverson G Philadelphia 76ers
 
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Date: July 3; turned himself in on July 16

Charges: Fourteen felony and misdemeanor charges, including assault, terroristic threats and weapons offenses. Iverson allegedly threw his wife, Tawanna, out of their home, then threatened two men with a gun while forcing his way into his cousin's apartment to look for his wife the next night. Oddly, he threw a huge party while under house arrest two nights before his surrender.

Status: All but two counts of making terroristic threats were dismissed on July 29, and prosecutors said they won't refile charges.

Result: Rumors abound that Larry Brown is sick of Iverson's antics, but the Sixers aren't about to give away a former MVP just because of an arrest or two. Meanwhile, Iverson's merchandise continues to fly off the shelves.

Jayson Williams C Former New Jersey Net
 
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Date: Feb. 14; charged Feb. 25

Charges: First-degree manslaughter and other charges, for allegedly fatally shooting a limousine driver and then trying to make it look as if the victim fired the gun himself.

Status: Pleaded innocent to charges on June 7; his trial date is set for Feb. 18.

Result: Williams' career was already over at the time of the crime, but once arrested he was relieved of his duties as an NBC studio commentator.

Derrick Coleman F Philadelphia 76ers
 
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Date: July 28

Charges: Ticketed for operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor and refusing to take a breath test. Coleman allegedly refused to take the test when stopped for driving 100 mph on a suburban Detroit highway. According to Farmington Hills, Mich. police, Coleman smelled of alcohol, failed a sobriety test, and admitted to drinking champagne.

Status: Case is still pending. Coleman was acquitted in a similar case in 2000 when he played for the Hornets. He was involved in an auto accident that knocked teammate Eldridge Recasner out of action for several months. Coleman also refused to take a breath test after that incident.

Result: Coleman will be back in Philly for another season regardless. Whoop-de-damn-do.

Damon Stoudamire G Portland Trail Blazers
 
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Date: Feb. 23; not charged until May 9

Charges: Along with his father, charged with felony marijuana possession after police responded to a burglar alarm at his home in Lake Oswego, Ore., and found "150 or more grams" of marijuana.

Status: The judge ruled the evidence against Stoudamire was inadmissable because there was no legal justification for the police to search his home. Prosecutors are appealing that ruling.

Result: Arrest or no arrest, Stoudamire is playing on Bob Whitsitt's team, which means he should always have a suitcase packed. Even before the arrest, he was mentioned in almost every Blazer trade rumor.

Chris Webber F Sacramento Kings
 
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Date: Aug. 2000, but not charged until Sep. 9, 2002

Charges: Webber, his father, and his aunt were all indicted on charges of lying to a grand jury about their involvement with former Michigan booster Ed Martin. While the alleged incidents with Martin are ancient history, covering the period 1988-93, the three allegedly lied to a grand jury in August of 2000.

Status: Webber faces up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted. Unlike several other former teammates of his at Michigan, Webber has denied ever taking money from Martin, but Martin testified in May that he gave Webber $280,000.

Result: Webber is still a King and will be for a long time, but the distraction of a trial may inhibit his ability to lead the franchise to an NBA title.

Kurt Thomas F New York Knicks
 
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Date: Sept. 30, 2002

Charges: Thomas was arrested in Greenwich, Conn., on a charge of assaulting his wife. He was charged with third-degree assault and risking injury to a minor, both misdemeanors. The charge is the least serious degree of assault under Connecticut law, where statutes define third-degree assault as striking someone with the intent to cause injury.

Status: Thomas posted bail of $1,000.

Result: Thomas was projected to be the Knicks' starting center this year. It's uncertain how this case will impact his season.


 


 
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