Category Archives: 1980’s

Gondrezick, Grant

Charge: Cocaine trafficking

Arrest Date: April 16, 1987

Franchise: Phoenix Suns

Age 24

Details: Gondrezick, along with Suns teammates Jay Humphries 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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Edwards, James

Charge: Cocaine trafficking

Arrest Date: April 16, 1987

Franchise: Phoenix Suns

Age 31

Details: Edwards, along with Suns teammates Grant Gondrezick and Jay Humphries, 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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Lloyd, Lewis

Charge: Failure to pay child support

Arrest Date: November 22, 1986

Franchise: Houston Rockets

Age 27

Olajuwon, Hakeem

Charge: Assault

Arrest Date: April 29, 1986

Franchise: Houston Rockets

Age 23

Details: Olajuwon was arrested for assault after a 7-11 clerk in Houston accused him of punching him in the face following an altercation at the convenience store.

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Mullin, Chris

Charge: Reckless driving and speeding

Arrest Date: 1986

Franchise: Golden State Warriors

Age 22-23

Huston, Geoff

Charge: Sexual imposition, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest

Arrest Date: October 2, 1984

Franchise: Cleveland Cavaliers

Age 26

Details: Huston stopped in an Ohio convenience store after midnight asking for directions.  He then became angry, knocking over merchandise displays and grabbing a female employee ‘between the legs.’  Police were called and arrested Huston a short time later.

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Drew, John

Charge: Writing bad checks

Arrest Date: May 24, 1985

Franchise: Utah Jazz

Age 28

Details: One year before receiving a lifetime ban from the league for repeated drug offenses, Drew was pinched for writing several bad checks at a Salt Lake grocery store.

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Matthews, Wes

Charge: Marijuana possession

Arrest Date: June 10, 1981

Franchise: Atlanta Hawks

Age 21

Simpson, Ralph

Charge: Assault, burglary, and criminal mischief

Arrest Date: July 30, 1980

Franchise: New Jersey Nets

Age 30

Johnson, Eddie

Charge: Motor vehicle theft

Arrest Date: July 24, 1980

Franchise: Atlanta Hawks

Age 25