Category Archives: 1970’s

Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem

Charge: Marijuana Possession

Arrest Date: October 6, 1972

Franchise: Milwaukee Bucks

Age 25

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

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Van Lier, Norm

Charge: Inciting a riot, assaulting and obstructing a police officer, and surety of the peace

Arrest Date: August 1, 1972

Franchise: Chicago Bulls

Age 25

Details: Van Lier, upset after hearing that a local police officer had accused him of selling drugs, stormed into the police station and demanded to speak to the officer.  Their discussion became heated, and Van Lier punched the officer in the face and fled.  He later returned to the station with ten others and a brawl broke out, resulting in his arrest.

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Howard, Greg

Charge: Cocaine Possession

Arrest Date: June 20, 1972

Franchise: Cleveland Cavaliers

Age 24

Payne, Tom

Charge: Rape & Attempted Rape

Arrest Date: May 19, 1972

Franchise: Atlanta Hawks

Age 21

Details: Payne was arrested for raping a 22 year old in a parked car in Atlanta.  He was eventually convicted and faced 11 years in prison, ending his playing career shortly after it began. After his release he returned to prison for yet another rape and served another 14 years.

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Maravich, Pete

Charge: Driving While Intoxicated

Arrest Date: April 18, 1971

Franchise: Atlanta Hawks

Age 23

Monroe, Earl

Charge: Disorderly Conduct

Arrest Date: February 11, 1971

Franchise: Washington Wizards

Age 26