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Ben Wallace sentenced to jail for Feburary car crash

Mar 18, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT


A vehicle registered to former Pistons great Ben Wallace – who also played for the Cavaliers, Bulls and Wizards/Bullets – was involved in a crash in Virginia last month. According to a witness, the SUV hit a residential fence, and a tall man angrily hit wood against the fence then left the vehicle behind.

Now, Wallace, who previously pleaded guilty to drunk driving and possessing a firearm while under the influence of alcohol in a separate 2011 incident in Michigan, will pay for whatever happened in February.

Former NBA and Virginia Union University basketball star Ben Wallace entered a plea of no contest after he was arrested Tuesday for leaving the scene of a February car crash.

Wallace received a one year jail sentence.

The Henrico County judge suspended all but two days of the sentence. Wallace started serving his two day sentence Tuesday.

This is just sad. Wallace frequently spoke about becoming a lawyer after his playing days. No doubt, these incidents will harm his ability to pursue that goal.

  1. seanb20124 - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Doubt a misdemeanor conviction can derail a promising law career. Substance abuse issues maybe. Apply to TC Williams. Ben Wallace

  2. nicofthenorthstar - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    So he put on his uniform for the mugshot?

    • cmehustle - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      OMG!! Sometimes this site can feel awfully bootleggish, if thats even a word.

  3. paleihe - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Wow, please have done much worse and gotten off with much less.

  4. ptownbearsfan420 - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    “Tall man hit the fence with wood” … Sounds like my little sister was the witness lol

  5. genericcommenter - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Yeah, lawyers (and/or judges) usually get settled into their careers before they start getting the DUI arrests. Then they get off.

  6. campcouch - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Ben Wallace as a lawyer. Obviously no one has heard him giving post game interviews. Sorry,not the guy I want persuading anyone with the gift of gab. Now if he flexed and won in my favor,so be it.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      And I really wonder if he’s able to show that he’s even taken just one small little step towards making that happen (becoming a lawyer).

      I know which way I’d bet a lot of money on… and no, just THINKING about it doesn’t count…

  7. dyn0myte - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    “…Wallace frequently spoke about becoming a lawyer…”

    The guy has a sharper sense of humor than I imagined.

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