Category Archives: 1990’s

Potapenko, Vitaly

Charge: Disorderly conduct

Arrest Date: September 19, 1999

Franchise: Boston Celtics

Age 24

Details: Potapenko was arrested following an altercation with his girlfriend at Logan International Airport.  Employees called police after the two were seen arguing in the airport parking lot, and Potapenko was arrested after he refused to leave the scene.

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Rodman, Dennis

Charge: Public intoxication

Arrest Date: August 21, 1999

Franchise: Los Angeles Lakers

Age 38

Details: Rodman was drunk and causing a disturbance at a Newport Beach, California restaurant and refused to leave after being asked  by management.  Police were subsequently called and he was arrested for public intoxication.  This was the first of three incidents where Rodman would be arrested over a four month span in late 1999.

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Coleman, Derrick

Charge: Disorderly conduct

Arrest Date: August 9, 1999

Franchise: New Orleans Pelicans

Age 32

Details: While eating in a Detroit Chinese restaurant with pals Thomas ‘Hit Man’ Hearns and Jalen Rose, Coleman apparently decided to stand up and urinate in front of dozens of shocked patrons.  He drove off in his Bentley convertible after being asked to leave.  Police were called and he was later arrested and pleaded ‘no contest’ to a disorderly conduct charge.  This was the second of what would be three arrests in 1999 for the NBA crime legend, of a total of a record seven arrests during his NBA career.

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Nailon, Lee

Charge: Evading arrest and possession of marijuana

Arrest Date: July 24, 1999

Franchise: New Orleans Pelicans

Age 24

Details: Nailon and two other men, including NFL star LaDainian Tomlinson, were smoking marijuana in a Texas motel when officers knocked on the door after noticing the smell.  The three men then jumped out of a second story window before being apprehended in Nailon’s SUV.  This was the first of three career arrests for Nailon.

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Robinson, Glenn

Charge: Disorderly intoxication

Arrest Date: June 28, 1999

Franchise: Milwaukee Bucks

Age 26

Details: Robinson was arrested following an incident outside of Club Chaos, a Miami nightclub.  He became upset after being denied admission because of what he was wearing, shouting at doormen until police arrived.  Officers were unable to calm him down, and appeared drunk and ‘on the verge of physical violence.’

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Clark, Keon

Charge: Marijuana possession

Arrest Date: May 20, 1999

Franchise: Denver Nuggets

Age 24

Strickland, Rod

Charge: Driving under the influence

Arrest Date: April 24, 1999

Franchise: Washington Wizards

Age 32

Details: Several hours after a playing in home loss against the Atlanta Hawks, Strickland was spotted in his gold Mercedes-Benz running three red lights and straddling two traffic lanes.  He was pulled over and arrested after failing a roadside sobriety test.  Strickland had just come off of probation three weeks earlier from a prior DUI arrest in 1997.  This was the fourth of an incredible six arrests for Strickland during his NBA career, including three for driving under the influence.

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Pippen, Scottie

Charge: Driving under the influence

Arrest Date: April 22, 1999

Franchise: Houston Rockets

Age 33

Details: Pippen was pulled over at about 1:30am after running a red light.  After suspecting him of being intoxicated, police administered a field sobriety test which Pippen failed.  He refused a breathalyzer test and was arrested for driving under the influence, his third career arrest.

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Battie, Tony

Charge: Battery of a police officer

Arrest Date: April 17, 1999

Franchise: Boston Celtics

Age 23

Details: While waiting in his car outside of a Boston-area nightclub, Battie was approached by officers who asked him to move his vehicle. Battie refused and when officers tried to arrest him he drove off, dragging an officer along with him.  Battie stopped only after the officer drew his gun.

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Coleman, Derrick

Charge: Interfering with a police officer

Arrest Date: April 14, 1999

Franchise: New Orleans Pelicans

Details: Coleman was arrested at a Detroit nightclub following an incident with police.  Apparently, after his friend was arrested for disorderly conduct, Coleman refused to leave the scene and continued to interfere with police until he was placed under arrest.  This was the third arrest during Coleman’s professional career, out of an all-time record seven career arrests.

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Age 31