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Antoine Walker pleads guilty to felony check charges

Jun 28, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

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The sad saga of former Boston Celtics forward and NBA All-Star forward Antoine Walker continued today, as Walker pled guilty to felony bad check charges. The Las Vegas Sun’s Conor Shine has the story (hat tip to CBS’ Eye on Basketball):

Professional basketball’s Antoine Walker pleaded guilty to felony bad check charges Tuesday morning in Clark County District Court.

Walker, a former NBA all-star who now plays for the Idaho Stampede in the NBA Development League, will likely face no jail time under a plea agreement with prosecutors, and instead will be put on probation as he works to pay off gambling debts of more than $750,000 owed to three casinos.

His sentencing is set for Nov. 1.

“Being put on probation, he’ll have a court order to pay the restitution to the casinos,” said Deputy District Attorney Sam Bateman.

Walker, 34 was not present in court, and his guilty plea was entered on his behalf by attorneys.

The criminal complaint was filed in the summer of 2009, when Walker failed to pay back gambling debts at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and the Red Rock Resort.

He pleaded not guilty to six felony counts related to drawing checks without sufficient funds with attempt to defraud in June 2010, before changing his plea Tuesday.

The cash-starved Walker attempted comebacks in the D-League and in Puerto Rico, but both were ultimately unsuccessful. For now, it looks like Walker’s future will be to serve as a cautionary tale to future NBA players about how not to manage your millions, especially with a lockout looming on the horizon.

 

  1. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    This sucks, disturbing to see any mans life go down like this.

    • Justin - Jun 28, 2011 at 11:18 PM

      Yeah it sucks but I think his final year he was under contract for minnesota he was making something like $10 or $12 million. That would set up about a bakers dozen worth of people for life. That takes a lot of stupid maneuvering to blow all that.

  2. geraldthecat - Jun 28, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    a volume check writer. people should know that only 40 percent of them would be good

  3. savocabol1 - Jun 29, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    I am pretty sure he made over $100 million over the course of his career. Wow.

    • florida727 - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:51 AM

      You’re right. basketball-reference.com indicates he made over $108 million in his career. And he can’t legitimately pay off $750K in gambling debts? Sorry, Antoine. No sympathy here.

  4. seanb20124 - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Maybe Obama will pardon on his way out the door in 2012

  5. rc33 - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Zero sympathy. Sorry, but if you earn a mind-numbing $108 million during your career and are going down because you can’t pay off $750,000 gambling debt, you truly don’t deserve our sympathy. And the fact that it’s something as frivolous as a gambling debt does make it worse.

  6. cleonslamminsalmon - Jun 29, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    embarrassment to the great state of Kentucky. Goes from employee #8 to unemployed and fat.

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