NBA player with over 500 games accused and arrested for first-degree r**e

The incident took place in October of 2021, when McLemore played for the Portland Trail Blazers.


NBA player with over 500 games accused and arrested for first-degree r**e

Former NBA player and Portland Trail Blazers star Ben McLemore was placed under arrest on Tuesday

Ben McLemore played in the NBA for 9 seasons, competing in over 550 games in his career. Since then, he has bounced around among international teams, trying to continue his basketball career. A disappointing scenario considering the now 31-year-old had a game good enough to continue playing in the league. To add to his voes, on Tuesday morning, authorities arrested him on charges of first-degree r**e and s*xl abuse.

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As reported by Portland news publisher KGW, a woman had filed charges against Ben McLemore in October of 2021. At that time, the guard was playing for the Portland Trail Blazers. However, investigations by the Lake Oswego Police Department were lengthy enough for the former 1st round pick to move overseas, evidently delaying the investigation further. However, this February, the Clackamas County Circuit Court listened to the evidence presented by the investigators and issued a secret indictment.

Armed with this indictment and an arrest warrant, US Marshalls arrested McLemore from Portland International Airport as he was about to leave for games in the Spanish League for club Río Breogán, with whom he signed recently.

It now seems that the former Portland Trail Blazers star intentionally left the NBA for overseas games to delay the investigation. The Circuit Court arraigned him on Wednesday and required him to post $500,000 for bail. He received permission to travel to games in Spain but must return to court on the 1st of July.

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NBA players and crime

Ben McLemore is one of the few NBA players who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. Generally, some of them end up with driving under the influence charges or substance abuse But serious crimes are far and few.

Back in 2003, a hotel employee alleged the late great Kobe Bryant of r**e. Even though they settled the matter outside the courtrooms, the incident left a black mark on the superstar’s legacy. Another former player, Javaris Crittenton, who famously drew a gun on former teammate Gilbert Arenas, is still serving his time behind bars for the murder of a young woman.

However, the most notorious of them all was Eddie Johnson, who went on to live a criminal’s life, logging up over 100 arrests. The last of which culminated in a life sentence, which led to his eventual death in 2020.

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