Category Archives: 1999

Smith, Leon

Charge: Criminal damage to a vehicle and violating an order of protection

Arrest Date: December 3, 1999

Franchise: Dallas Mavericks

Age 19

Details: A day after being arrested for assault, the young Dallas rookie went to the home of the accuser and smasher her mothers’ car windows, and was arrested a second time.  He ended up never playing a single game for the Dallas Mavericks, playing only 15 total games in his NBA career.

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Campbell, Elden

Charge: Reckless driving

Arrest Date: December 31, 1999

Franchise: New Orleans Pelicans

Age 31

Wallace, John

Charge: Driving with a suspended license

Arrest Date: December 27, 1999

Franchise: New York Knicks

Age 25

Details: While driving through a police checkpoint in midtown Manhattan early one morning, Wallace was arrested for driving with a suspended license.  His license had been suspended due to failure to pay a previous summons.

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Recasner, Eldridge

Charge: Assault

Arrest Date: December 24, 1999

Franchise: New Orleans Pelicans

Age 32

Rodman, Dennis

Charge: Driving under the influence

Arrest Date: December 23, 1999

Franchise: Los Angeles Lakers

Age 38

Details: While driving his Bentley, Rodman was pulled over after security in the area had reported he was intoxicated as he was leaving a local restaurant and bar. Rodman flunked a field-sobriety test and was placed under arrest.  This was his third arrest in a four month span in 1999.

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Smith, Leon

Charge: Aggravated assault

Arrest Date: December 2, 1999

Franchise: Dallas Mavericks

Age 19

Details: The young Dallas rookie was arrested after a complaint was filed by a local 16-year old girl alleging that he threatened to harm her, and that he brandished a gun and threatened to shoot the girl’s brother if she told him about the encounter.  Smith would end up being arrested again a day later and never played a single game for the Dallas Mavericks.

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Rodman, Dennis

Charge: Battery

Arrest Date: November 5, 1999

Franchise: Los Angeles Lakers

Age 38

Details: Rodman and his estranged wife Carmen Electra were arrested at an upscale Miami Beach hotel after the two were involved in a physical altercation. Police were called to investigate reports of a loud disturbance, and when they arrived they found Electra with a cut on her lip and Rodman with scratches on his arm and a torn shirt.

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Buford, Rodney

Charge: Marijuana possession

Arrest Date: November 5, 1999

Franchise: Miami Heat

Age 22

Coleman, Derrick

Charge: Driving under the influence

Arrest Date: October 27, 1999

Franchise: New Orleans Pelicans

Age 32

Details: Coleman was arrested driving while under the influence after the car he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer. Hornets backup guard Eldridge Recasner  was a passenger in Coleman’s vehicle and was injured.  This was one of three arrests for Coleman in 1999 alone, and one of an astounding seven career arrests.

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Potapenko, Vitaly

Charge: Disorderly conduct

Arrest Date: September 19, 1999

Franchise: Boston Celtics

Age 24

Details: Potapenko was arrested following an altercation with his girlfriend at Logan International Airport.  Employees called police after the two were seen arguing in the airport parking lot, and Potapenko was arrested after he refused to leave the scene.

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