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    Default Forty percent of NBA players have police records.

    [color=darkred:e7a9cd6454]Isn't that about the same percentage as congress?[/color]

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    [size=18:e7a9cd6454]NBA: THAT'S A CRIME! [/size]

    By DAREH GREGORIAN
    June 13, 2004 --
    The NBA is rapidly turning into a national criminals' association: A whopping 40 percent of NBA players have police records, a bombshell new book charges.

    The book by investigative reporter Jeff Benedict, "Out of Bounds: Inside the NBA's Culture of Rape, Violence & Crime" isn't supposed to hit bookstores until later this week, but The Post located a copy that went on sale earlier.

    In it, Benedict finds that 40 percent of the American players in the NBA during the 2001-02 season had police records involving a serious crime.

    "It's a situation that is out of control and absolutely demands close scrutiny," Benedict writes.

    The book is almost a "Who's Who in the NBA," and recounts legal scrapes involving everyone from Shaquille O'Neal, Patrick Ewing, Penny Hardway, Allen Iverson and Bonzi Wells to Ruben Patterson, Glenn Robinson and Damon Stoudamire.

    The book notes that the problems with the law aren't a distant memory for many players.

    Just as All-Star Kobe Bryant was being charged with sexually assaulting a Colorado woman, "25 law enforcement agencies in 13 cities in the United States and Canada were simultaneously proceeding with arrest warrants, indictments, plea-agreement proceedings or trials involving more than a dozen other NBA players," the book says.

    Most of the player crimes involve violence against women, Benedict found.

    His nationwide search, which focused on American players, turned up "33 criminal complaints of domestic violence against NBA players who played during the 2001-2002 season," a figure he said "is probably the tip of the iceberg" because "nationally, domestic violence compares with child abuse and rape as the most underreported crime in our society."

    Sixteen of those 33 cases ended in conviction.

    Many of the sexual abuse cases simply evaporate.

    Benedict recounts one case in which former Knick Anthony Mason was questioned about an alleged rape in New Jersey in 2001.

    The rape complaint was the third lodged against the Miami Heat player in three years.

    The first two allegations were later dropped.

    In the New Jersey incident, a woman claimed Mason forced himself on her after inviting her to his hotel, then had two of his buddies join in.

    "Why the [heck] would I ask you to come out here if I just wanted to talk to you?" she quoted Mason as saying in the police report.

    Prosecutors believed the woman's claims and were set to move forward with the case when the woman suddenly moved to another state and stopped cooperating with them, the book says.

    Benedict writes that another alleged victim of a crime who vanished was Kim Grant, who accused O'Neal of grabbing her by the neck during a brief run-in in Orlando.

    The case eventually was dropped after O'Neal hired a high-powered attorney who managed to stall the probe, the book says.

    Frustrated, Grant then contemplated a lawsuit, but "virtually disappeared," the book says.

    It's unclear if there was some kind of financial deal or if Grant just gave up the fight.

    The book says that though most player incidents involve crimes against women, documents show "police officers are their second most common group of victims."

    The book cited a 1990 incident inolving then-rookie Cliff Robinson of the Portland Trail Blazers.

    When police responded to a call to a fight at a Portland restaurant, an enraged Robinson was chasing a man he'd gotten into a fracas with.

    The man ran up to a female police officer, Elaine Sloan, for help.

    Undeterred, Robinson struck the cop "in the side of the head with such force that Sloan dropped to the ground and was later treated at a nearby hospital for injuries."

    When more police arrived and arrested Robinson, Sloan read Robinson his rights. "He mimicked her the entire time," the book says.

    When Robinson was issued four citations for assault and disorderly conduct at the police station, he told Sloan, "If I had known you were giving me all these tickets . . . I would have made the hit worthwhile."

    Robinson later pleaded guilty to assault and was ordered to undergo anger-management counseling, the book says.

    The book points at the youth, wealth and life of privilege of many of the players as the reason for their authority issues.

    "For many players, encounters with law-enforcement officials represent the rare instance of someone telling them no," Benedict writes.

    "Judging by the way players react when confronted by a police officer, it is no wonder why women who tell them no end up being abused."

    The HarperCollins book isn't Benedict's first major expose.

    "Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL" shocked with the revelation that 21 percent of NFL players had been arrested for serious crimes.

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    Default Re: Forty percent of NBA players have police records.

    and yall say that kobe couldn't have raped that girl...theres ya proof...I bet he is guilty...

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    Not really surprising , stats show 1 of every 15 persons will serve time in a prison during their lifetime , seems pretty high to me and I would say most of those aren't rich and famous people.

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    Not really surprising , stats show 1 of every 15 persons will serve time in a prison during their lifetime , seems pretty high to me and I would say most of those aren't rich and famous people.
    Yeh, the so called "Land of the Free" has more people in jail than any country in the world.
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    Not really surprising , stats show 1 of every 15 persons will serve time in a prison during their lifetime , seems pretty high to me and I would say most of those aren't rich and famous people.
    Yeh, the so called "Land of the Free" has more people in jail than any country in the world.
    That's because we have so many more laws and enforce the alw more than other countries, like China and others that have more people. It's not really a surprising stat to me, nor does it make me embarrased or anything; everyone does crimes, and the more people that get caught, the better.
    "It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."

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    40% is not that high.

    25% of of us in this forum have a police record.

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    That's because we have so many more laws and enforce the alw more than other countries, like China and others that have more people. It's not really a surprising stat to me, nor does it make me embarrased or anything; everyone does crimes, and the more people that get caught, the better.
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    So, here's my question, who on the Pacers does?

    Jamaal serving 6 days in high school.
    Does Ron have a record for harassing his ex a couple years back?

    Anybody else?
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    I dooooo????
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    That's because we have so many more laws and enforce the alw more than other countries, like China and others that have more people. It's not really a surprising stat to me, nor does it make me embarrased or anything; everyone does crimes, and the more people that get caught, the better.
    NO EVERYONE DOESN'T!
    You ever stole anything? Did any illegal drugs or alcohol, did them while underage, did them while driving, I could go on and on, you have done SOMETHING that's be against the law during your life if you knew it or not.
    "It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."

    ----------------- Reggie Miller

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    JOneal7:

    Could you point specifically to the supposed proof of his guilt? You are just using your hatred of the lakers to convict him in your mind. Pretty childish.

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    JO for selling marijauna back on his block during his eau claire days...
    lol jk i donno i doubt it...

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    That's because we have so many more laws and enforce the alw more than other countries, like China and others that have more people. It's not really a surprising stat to me, nor does it make me embarrased or anything; everyone does crimes, and the more people that get caught, the better.
    NO EVERYONE DOESN'T!
    You ever stole anything? Did any illegal drugs or alcohol, did them while underage, did them while driving, I could go on and on, you have done SOMETHING that's be against the law during your life if you knew it or not.
    Why are you singling me out? How I would answer doesn't prove that EVERYONE does crimes. I'm not going to argue the matter, just think about your statement. Simply put, as presented it's not true.

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    Other than a traffic violation, I've never been arrested or done drugs. Stolen anything? DOes having note paper and ballpoints from my office count? Nope never shoplifted either. (I must be one boring MF).
    I think this over-reporting of the players sins against mankind is leading to a decline in fan love for the players and will eventually speed-up the demise of pro sports.
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    Let's see.... I've gotten a parking ticket on campus. Yeah, that's about it

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    I'd be willing to bet with the overwhelming amount of laws we have at this point (and let's not forget there are some really OLD laws on the books that aren't even enforced these days) that there is probably not a person alive over the age of 16 that has not broken a law. Been arrested? That's different.

    This would include underage drinking (even if you just had a sip to see what the big deal was). 56 MPH in a 55MPH zone is also illegal. Rolling 'stops'.

    Parking violations...

    Taxes (fudging)....

    Pet not on a leash....

    Shoplifting...

    Tresspassing... (Ever go parking somewhere with a significant other?)

    Littering....

    Even things like spitting on a sidewalk in some communities is on the books as a law.

    Ignorance of the law is no excuse so even if you make an honest mistake you are still guilty of breaking the law.

    Not everything on a police record has to be the equal of using a sawed off shotgun in a liquor store robbery.

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    Boy I must be a Pretty boring Guy

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