Category Archives: 1977

Sojourner, Mike

Charge: Car theft

Arrest Date: October 18, 1977

Franchise: Atlanta Hawks

Age 24

Details: While riding in a taxi, Sojourner began to act erratically, scaring the cab driver to the point that he pulled over and fled the vehicle.  Sojourner then drove off in the taxi and was later arrested.  He was eventually hospitalized by choice for ‘psychiatric problems.’

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King, Bernard

Charge: Marijuana possession, prowling, and resisting arrest

Arrest Date: July 15, 1977

Franchise: New Jersey Nets

Age 20

Details: This was King’s second arrest that week, both since being drafted by the Nets only a month earlier.  This time he was arrested after a man told police King had attempted to break into his apartment.  He was subsequently found to possess marijuana and resisted arrest.  King had previously been arrested twice while in college with the University of Tennessee, and would subsequently be arrested two more times during his playing career.

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King, Bernard

Charge: Breaking and entering

Arrest Date: July 10, 1977

Franchise: New Jersey Nets

Age 20

Details: Exactly a month after being drafted by the Nets, King celebrated broke into a University of Tennessee athletics building, a stealing a television.  This was the first of four arrests during his professional career, though he had also been arrested twice previously while in college for smoking marijuana, drunk driving, and driving without a license. He would also be arrested a mere 5 days after this for marijuana possession, prowling and resisting arrest.

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