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Former NBA player Craig Ehlo arrested on domestic violence charge

Aug 1, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

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You remember Craig Ehlo as the Cavalier player Michael Jordan nailed “The Shot” over in the 1989 NBA playoffs.

Ehlo’s got more serious issues in his life than that now — he has been arrested in Washington on a domestic violence charge. The Spokesman-Review out of Spokane, Wash., has the story.

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested Ehlo, 51, on charges of first-degree reckless burning, domestic violence, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into Spokane county jail at 7:36 a.m. The charge is a Class C felony.

Ehlo had been the coach at Eastern Washington University but resigned in July. The Washington State alum lived in the area and had also done some television color commentating for the Sonics when Seattle had a team, and for Gonzaga broadcasts.

Ehlo had a 14-year NBA career where he was a solid swingman. He shot 36.9 percent from three for his career and averaged 8.6 points a game.

But what he’s remembered for mostly is the guy in this highlight.

  1. timmons94 - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Love Craig ehlo. This ain’t good . Hope he and his family get thru this. Used to wait on him back in the Richfield coliseum days. Super nice guy

    • dls612 - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      More like a wolf in sheep clothing!

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM

        We’re talking about Craig Ehlo here. He’s as much a wolf as Webster.

  2. antistratfordian - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Heh. He finally beat somebody.

  3. seanb20124 - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Probably a republican advancing his war on women

    • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      A republican is someone who loves the republic. America is not a republic, so your comment makes no sense, unless you mean big “R” Republican, and then your comment still makes no sense. I don’t think political affiliation determines who is going to lose their mind and do something stupid like this, allegedly of course since this IS America and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

      • rkjohn9999 - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM

        Actually the US is a Republic. Just say the pledge of allegiance.

        A republic is a form of government in which affairs of state are a “public matter”, not the private concern of the rulers.

        In a republic, public offices are appointed or elected rather than inherited, and are not de jure the private property of the individuals who hold them.

    • skids003 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      sean, are you really that stupid?

  4. p31squared - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    She tried to hit him back, swung and missed, but he still fell to the ground.

  5. decimusprime - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Reckless burning?? Did this abusive a-hole put a smoke out on his wife? Try to set something a blaze while she was an occupant? Sounds more aggressive then your average abuser…and that’s saying something. Lock him up!

    • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      Says he was booked into jail but doesn’t mention whether he was able to post bail. Like you say, if he is an abusive what you said then they might want to lose the key they used to lock him up for awhile. Sounds to me like he snapped and it might have a biochemical cause, although that doesn’t let him off the hook, either.
      You know PBT is going to keep us updated on this ugly scene. Thanks.

  6. timmons94 - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Deci. I agree, throw burning in there and that’s whacked. Let’s wait to hear rest of the story. Was always a great guy in Richfield years.

  7. timmons94 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    If u read Spokane paper, he was burning some personal belongings after fight with his wife. He then tried to jump into fire. Sounds like ehlo lost it. Still a good guy

  8. lucyperro - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    22yearsagotoday, America is a republic, per the pledge of allegiance, “and to the Republic for which it stands one nation….”. Yesh, your statement is inexcusable.

  9. skinsfanwill - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Burning your personal belongings and jumping into the fire? Cocaine is a helluva drug, but nagging wife is will cause you jump into fires…..

    • skinsfanwill - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Holy smoke. I chopped that entire piece up. ***But a nagging wife will cause you to jump into a fire.

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