Category Archives: Resisting Arrest

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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Webber, Chris

Charge: Marijuana possession and resisting arrest

Arrest Date: January 20, 1998

Franchise: Washington Wizards

Age 24

Details: Webber was pulled over by police for speeding and did not have his license or registration, instead offering his credit card as proof of identification.  He was slow to answer questions and struck an officers hand when he tried to remove him from the car.  He resisted further until pepper spray was used by officers, and when they searched his vehicle they discovered marijuana.

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Barkley, Charles

Charge: Aggravated battery and resisting arrest

Arrest Date: October 27, 1997

Franchise: Houston Rockets

Age 34

Details: While enjoying drinks at an Orlando area bar with three women, Barkley became enraged when another patron threw a glass of ice at him.  In one of the more famous NBA arrests, Barkley then chased the man to the front of the bar, lifted him up, and hurled him through a plate-glass window.  As the man lay on the ground bleeding, Barkley then stood over him and told him ”you got what you deserve. You don’t respect me. I hope you’re hurt.”

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Charles Barkley – October 27, 1997

O’Neal, Jermaine

Charge: Resisting arrest, disorderly conduct

Arrest Date: June 14, 1997

Franchise: Portland Trailblazers

Age 18

Details: Despite being in the NBA, the direct from high-school star was still acting like an ordinary teenager.  He was handing out pamphlets at the mall against mall policy when things escalated, and he eventually was arrested for ‘mouthing off’ to the cops.  He appears to have learned his lesson (for a while) – he wasn’t arrested again for over seven years. He still holds the record for the youngest NBA player ever arrested, and with direct from high school players no longer allowed, his record may stand forever.

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Hill, Tyrone

Charge: Resisting arrest of another person, disorderly conduct

Arrest Date: July 29, 1995

Franchise: Cleveland Cavaliers

Age 27

Details: Early in the morning a man was seen standing in the middle of the street and blocking traffic.  When he refused to move he was placed under arrest.  Hill, along with fellow pro Brian Grant, were with him at the time and interfered with the arrest.  Hill was arrested after cursing at an officer and bumping him chest to chest.

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Grant, Brian

Charge: Resisting arrest

Arrest Date: July 29, 1995

Franchise: Sacramento Kings

Age 23

Details: Early in the morning a man was seen standing in the middle of the street and blocking traffic.  When he refused to move he was placed under arrest.  Grant, along with fellow pro Tyrone Hill, were with him at the time and interfered with the arrest.  Grant was arrested after refusing to leave the scene.

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Robertson, Alvin

Charge: Burglary, vandalism, assault, and resisting arrest

Arrest Date: June 26, 1995

Franchise: Toronto Raptors

Age 32

Maxwell, Vernon

Charge: Resisting arrest

Arrest Date: July 23, 1993

Franchise: Houston Rockets

Age 28

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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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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