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NBA prospect arrested for allegedly beating girlfriend

Aug 9, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

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You may not know who Jereme Richmond is, but now you will for the wrong reasons.

He is one of those guys who just missed having his named called in the NBA Draft. The 6’7” swingman out of Illinois tried to go pro after his freshman year, but that season was inconsistent and scouts were worried about his fundamentals. Basically, he’s athletic but a real project. The kind of guy who would have gotten put on a summer league team and been given another look, maybe even earned a training camp invite somewhere.

Now, he’s got much bigger problems — he has been arrested on charges of beating a woman and threatening her with a gun. From The Daily Herald.

Richmond, 19, and Matthew Riley, 22, of North Chicago, were arrested Monday afternoon outside the victim’s house after police found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol in the car the men had driven….

On Sunday, (Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Stephen) Scheller said, the woman drove to Richmond’s residence in the 2000 block of Arthur Drive in Waukegan to retrieve her cellphone. The two began to argue outside Richmond’s house, Scheller said, and Richmond shoved the woman back into her car during the ruckus. Monday afternoon, Scheller said, Richmond and Meyer drove to the woman’s house and Richmond began to argue with her again as her mother looked on. At one point, Scheller said, Richmond spit on the woman and said he was going to shoot her.

If he did this, he should be punished. If he does avoid jail time, NBA teams are still going to question his maturity and decision making skills (things they already questioned). Teams are not going to put the effort into developing a guy if they don’t think he can keep his head about him.

  1. downtowndanny - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:00 AM

    his uncle was going around telling anyone that would listen how he’s such a good kid and that the league shouldn’t have passed on him yada yada. Jereme, let me tell you, what your friends have neglected to do. your rookie season sucked, you couldn’t stand out on a bad Illinois team? if you’re as good as they make you think, you should be a household name. you average 6 ppg on a bad team? if that was my daughter you spit on, i would get on my MMA Strikeforce shit and bang you like a rental car son..

    • mytthor - Aug 10, 2011 at 6:44 AM

      Well if he checks the comments on this basketball blog I’m sure he’ll be very intimidated.

  2. cosanostra71 - Aug 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    sounds like a real keeper

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