Category Archives: 1980’s

Tarpley, Roy

Charge: Driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest

Arrest Date: November 15, 1989

Franchise: Dallas Mavericks

Age 24

Details: Tarpley, who was ultimately banned from the NBA for repeated drug and alcohol violations, received his first career arrest after getting pulled over and scuffling with officers.  It ultimately took six policemen to subdue him after his violent reaction. He was later arrested for DUI again two years later.

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Jordan, Michael

Charge: Failure to appear in court

Arrest Date: July 6, 1989

Franchise: Chicago Bulls

Age 26

Details: Jordan was pulled over in Lexington, Kentucky for driving his Ferrari 90mph in a 60mph zone.  He subsequently failed to appear to his scheduled court date, resulting in a warrant being issued for his arrest.

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Ellis, Dale

Charge: Domestic assault and resisting arrest

Arrest Date: January 8, 1989

Franchise: Seattle Supersonics

Age 28

Details: Ellis was arrested at his home after police received a call from his wife accusing him of assault.

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Washington, Duane

Charge: Cocaine possession

Arrest Date: September 25, 1988

Franchise: New Jersey Nets

Age 24

Bol, Manute

Charge: Driving while intoxicated

Arrest Date: August 28, 1988

Franchise: Golden State Warriors

Age 25

Details: After being pulled over for speeding, Bol failed a sobriety test and was arrested for driving while intoxicated.  This was his second DUI arrest in less than two months, after being arrested in early July of 1988.

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Bol, Manute

Charge: Driving while intoxicated, assault, and resisting arrest

Arrest Date: July 2, 1988

Franchise: Golden State Warriors

Age 25

Details: Bol was stopped by police at 5:20am in Maryland after being seen driving erratically.  Bol then became argumentative and struck several troopers before being subdued and handcuffed.

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Washburn, Chris

Charge: Firearm possession and billy club possession

Arrest Date: June 5, 1988

Franchise: Atlanta Hawks

Age 23

Williams, Kevin

Charge: Assault

Arrest Date: May 3, 1987

Franchise: Seattle Supersonics

Age 25

Details: Williams and Sonics teammate Dale Ellis were arrested outside of a Houston nightclub after an incident with nightclub employees.  Two off-duty police officers working security spotted Williams punch an employee, and while handcuffing him Ellis grabbed one of the officers.

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Ellis, Dale

Charge: Assault

Arrest Date: May 3, 1987

Franchise: Seattle Supersonics

Age 26

Details: Ellis and Sonics teammate Kevin Williams were arrested outside of a Houston nightclub after an incident with nightclub employees.  Two off-duty police officers working security spotted Williams punch an employee, and while handcuffing him Ellis grabbed one of the officers.

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Humphries, Jay

Charge: Cocaine trafficking

Arrest Date: April 16, 1987

Franchise: Phoenix Suns

Age 24

Details: Humphries, along with Suns teammates Grant Gondrezick and James Edwards, were indicted by a grand-jury in a wide-ranging criminal case involving felony cocaine purchases from a local-area business.  As many as five other former Suns teammates were involved.

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