Category Archives: 1996

Robertson, Alvin

Charge: Assault, criminal trespass

Arrest Date: July 13, 1996

Franchise: Toronto Raptors

Age 33

Details: Serial offender Robertson was arrested after a woman told police that he broke into her apartment and choked and bit her on the face.  This was Robertson’s fourth career arrest, and the first of three over a six week span that summer.  In total, he was arrested an astounding 5 times over a 14-month period from 1995 to 1996.

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Howard, Juwan

Charge: Driving under the influence

Arrest Date: November 11, 1996

Franchise: Washington Bullets

Age 23

Details: Howard’s only career arrest came after he was pulled over at 3:45am for speeding in his Mercedes.  He subsequently failed a sobriety test and was arrested for driving under the influence.

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Rider, Isaiah

Charge: Marijuana possession

Arrest Date: October 30, 1996

Franchise: Portland Trailblazers

Age 25

Details: Rider was arrested when sheriff’s deputies found him sitting in the back seat of a car parked alongside a highway in Portland smoking marijuana out of a soda can.  This was the third arrest in just a four month span for Rider.

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Polynice, Olden

Charge: Assault

Arrest Date: October 17, 1996

Franchise: Sacramento Kings

Age 33

Blount, Corie

Charge: Traffic warrant

Arrest Date: August 29, 1996

Franchise: Los Angeles Lakers

Age 27

Details: During an early morning traffic stop in Los Angeles, officers discovered an outstanding warrant for Blount from 5 years earlier stemming from a citation for driving with a suspended license, and placed him under arrest.

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Robertson, Alvin

Charge: Criminal mischief

Arrest Date: August 20, 1996

Franchise: Toronto Raptors

Age 34

Robertson, Alvin

Charge: Probation violation

Arrest Date: August 12, 1996

Franchise: Toronto Raptors

Age 34

Smith, Joe

Charge: Assault

Arrest Date: July 28, 1996

Franchise: Golden State Warriors

Age 21

Mason, Anthony

Charge: Assault

Arrest Date: July 24, 1996

Franchise: New Orleans Pelicans

Age 29

Details: Mason was spotted early one morning in the Times Square area of New York City involved in a loud argument with a woman.  When police intervened to try to calm the situation, Mason attacked them, three of whom suffered minor injuries. This was one of at least four assault-related arrests for Mason during his NBA career.

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Rider, Isaiah

Charge: Gambling in public

Arrest Date: July 17, 1996

Franchise: Minnesota Timberwolves

Age 25

Details: Rider was arrested in Oakland on a misdemeanor charge of gambling in public. Police said they saw him throwing dice on a street corner with eight to 10 other people, two of whom allegedly had several bags of marijuana.  This was the second arrest for Rider in a three week span, and his third brush with the law in just 6 weeks.  He would also go on to be arrested yet again three months later.

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