Category Archives: 2003

Arenas, Gilbert

Charge: Unlawful possession of firearm

Arrest Date: June 4, 2003

Franchise: Golden State Warriors

Age 21

Forte, Joseph

Charge: Assault

Arrest Date: May 1, 2003

Franchise: Seattle SuperSonics

Age 21

Details: Just over a week after being arrested on drug and gun charges, Forte again ran into trouble with the law after allegedly punching a man during a pickup basketball game on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill. The victim, a reserve on the UNC football team, received a cut above his right eye that required stitches.

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Richardson, Jason

Charge: Domestic violence

Arrest Date: April 29, 2003

Franchise: Golden State Warriors

Age 22

Details: Richardson was arrested after a fight with his ex-girlfriend.  The fight allegedly began after she found Richardson looking through letters and pictures of the victim and her current boyfriend.  She accused him of pushing her down and kicking her in the side, all in the presence of their three year-old daughter.

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Forte, Joseph

Charge: Marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and handgun possession

Arrest Date: April 24, 2003

Franchise: Seattle SuperSonics

Age 21

Details: Forte was pulled over for speeding for driving 90mph in a 65mph zone.  Officers then detected the smell of burning marijuana, and upon searching the car also discovered a .22 caliber pistol and a magazine under the seat.

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Payton, Gary

Charge: Assault causing bodily harm

Arrest Date: April 11, 2003

Franchise: Milwaukee Bucks

Age 34

Details: Payton, along with Bucks teammates Sam Cassell and Jason Caffey, got into a brawl outside of a Toronto strip-club with several men and women.  All three were eventually arrested for assault.

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Cassell, Sam

Charge: Assault causing bodily harm

Arrest Date: April 11, 2003

Franchise: Milwaukee Bucks

Age 33

Details: Cassell, along with Bucks teammates Jason Caffey and Gary Payton, got into a brawl outside of a Toronto strip-club with several men and women.  All three were eventually arrested for assault.

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Caffey, Jason

Charge: Assault causing bodily harm

Arrest Date: April 11, 2003

Franchise: Milwaukee Bucks

Age 29

Details: Caffey, along with Bucks teammates Sam Cassell and Gary Payton, got into a brawl outside of a Toronto strip-club with several men and women.  All three were eventually arrested for assault.

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Griffin, Eddie

Charge: Marijuana possession

Arrest Date: April 6, 2003

Franchise: Houston Rockets

Age 20

Details: This was the first of four NBA arrests that were racked up by the late Eddie Griffin before his drunk-driving death in 2007.  The talented but troubled star was the seventh pick in the 2001 draft and managed to stay our of trouble until late in his sophomore season.  While heading home from a game in Houston he was pulled over for speeding and not using a turn signal, at which point officers discovered a small amount of marijuana and placed him under arrest

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