Category Archives: 1970’s

King, Bernard

Charge: Driving under the influence, driving without a license, possession of cocaine

Arrest Date: December 18, 1978

Franchise: New Jersey Nets

Age 22

Details: Yet another arrest for King came when police found the Nets star passed out and slumped over the steering wheel of his Corvette while in possession of a small amount of cocaine.  This was the third arrest for King since being drafted by the Nets just 18 months earlier, and his fifth arrest since joining the University of Tennessee basketball program.  He was ultimately traded to the Jazz by the frustrated Nets, where he eventually faced his most serious charges of sexual assault after a New Years incident in 1980.

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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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Green, Mike

Charge: Cocaine possession, marijuana possession

Arrest Date: December 9, 1976

Franchise: Seattle Supersonics

Age 25

Barnes, Marvin

Charge: Possession of an unregistered firearm

Arrest Date: October 9 1976

Franchise: Detroit Pistons

Age 24

Bryant, Joe

Charge: Cocaine possession, resisting arrest, and driving without a license

Arrest Date: May 5, 1976

Franchise: Philadelphia 76ers

Age 21

Details: Two years before the birth of his famous son Kobe, Joe Bryant was a 21 year-old rookie playing for the Philadelphia 76ers.  After police attempted to pull him over for having a busted taillight one evening, he fled, crashing into three parked cars.  Police searched his sports car and found several bags of cocaine, placing him under arrest.

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Garrett, Dick

Charge: Loitering for the purpose of obtaining drugs

Arrest Date: December 10, 1972

Franchise: Los Angeles Clippers

Age 25

Details: Garrett, along with teammate Harold Fox of the then Buffalo Braves were arrested after being seen loitering with four other men, two of whom possessed marijuana.

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Fox, Harold

Charge: Maintaining a criminal nuisance

Arrest Date: December 10, 1972

Franchise: Los Angeles Clippers

Age 23

Details: Fox, along with teammate Dick Garrett of the then Buffalo Braves were arrested after being seen loitering with four other men, two of whom possessed marijuana.

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Allen, Lucius

Charge: Marijuana Possession

Arrest Date: October 6, 1972

Franchise: Milwaukee Bucks

Age 25

Details: While Allen and fellow Milwaukee Buck and NBA superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar smoked a joint while driving, cops pulled them over and arrested both for marijuana possession.

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