Category Archives: 2000

Smith, Michael

Charge: Assault

Arrest Date: December 31, 2000

Franchise: Washington Wizards

Age 28

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Nailon, Lee

Charge: Failure to pay child support

Arrest Date: December 20, 2000

Franchise: New Orleans Pelicans

Age 25

Details: Nailon was arrested after owing child support payments for his five year-old daughter.  He was alleged to have failed to pay for over two years.

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Polynice, Olden

Charge: Impersonating a police officer and disorderly conduct

Arrest Date: December 8, 2000

Franchise:  Utah Jazz

Age 36

Details: For the second time in less than two months, Polynice was arrested in Utah for flashing his honorary LAPD police badge at a fellow motorist and pretending to be an officer.  This arrest stemmed from an incident in September, when Polynice forced the other driver to stop after getting flipped off, and told the motorist that he was “with the California Sheriff’s Office and I can have you arrested.”

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Strickland, Rod

Charge: Unlawful entry

Arrest Date: October 28, 2000

Franchise: Washington Wizards

Age 34

Details: Strickland was arrested after refusing to leave a restaurant that was being shut by fire marshals in Washington. Authorities said the number of people inside the club exceeded their occupancy permit. Once he refused to leave, Strickland was arrested. This was the fifth arrest during Strickland’s pro career.

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Polynice, Olden

Charge: Impersonating a police officer and disorderly conduct

Arrest Date: October 28, 2000

Franchise: Utah Jazz

Age 35

Details: After being cut off in traffic in Salt Lake, Polynice followed the motorists to their home and confronted them, flashing an honorary police badge he had received from the city of Los Angeles.  The motorist took down his license plate number and he was arrested later that day.  Less than two months later he would be arrested again for the same offense from an incident that occurred in September.

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Coleman, Derrick

Charge: Outstanding traffic violation warrants

Arrest Date: October 22, 2000

Franchise: New Orleans Pelicans

Age 33

Details: Coleman was pulled over in North Carolina and after police let him go they realized his license had been suspended due to a DWI arrest the previous year.  A warrant was put out and he was arrested the following day.

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Benjamin, Corey

Charge: Domestic Battery

Arrest Date: October 17, 2000

Franchise: Chicago Bulls

Age 22

Details: Benjamin returned home after a game and got into an argument with his girlfriend when she asked him to buy diapers for their child and he refused. When Benjamin returned home later he found his girlfriend locked in the couple’s bedroom. He broke down the door and grabber her around the throat and slapped her, claiming that since he paid the bills she couldn’t lock any doors against him.

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Maxwell, Vernon

Charge: Assault

Arrest Date: September 13, 2000

Franchise: Seattle SuperSonics

Age 35

Walker, Samaki

Charge: Reckless driving, fleeing an officer, and driving with an expired license

Arrest Date: August 30, 2000

Franchise: San Antonio Spurs

Age 24

Details: Walker was spotted in Ohio speeding on his motorcycle, and when officers signaled for him to pull over he fled, accelerating to 100mph.  He finally pulled over only after a police helicopter shined a spotlight on him.  He was charged with reckless driving, fleeing an officer, and driving with an expired license.

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Mack, Sam

Charge: Cocaine & marijuana possession

Arrest Date: July 11, 2000

Franchise: Golden State Warriors

Age 30

Details: Mack fled from officers in his Range Rover after they attempted to stop him for speeding.  After a brief chase that ended in front of his mother’s home, he was found in possession of 20 individually wrapped bags of marijuana, one rock of cocaine, a digital scale and more than $2,800 in small bills.

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