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NBA prospect allegedly beat, spit on girlfriend

Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:15 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 3:18 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverjereme-richmond

In just a few short months, Jereme Richmond has gone from the brink of the NBA to the clink.

Richmond, a 6-foot-7 and 210 pound forward from the University of Illinois, was a fringe prospect in the 2011 NBA Draft. He had thrown his name into the mix after playing just one season for the Illini and ultimately wasn't selected on draft night.

Just two months later, reports that Richmond is behind bars after allegedly beating, threatening and spitting on his teenage girlfriend according to Stephen Scheller, the prosecutor in the case.
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, 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.

That is just unbelievably sad and horrific. 

Richmond averaged 7.6 points and 1.8 assists in 31 games for Illinois. notes that Richmond was suspended for the team's tournament games due to "an athletic code violation."

He becomes the latest poster child for what if a player attempts to make the NBA jump too early without sound advice. "I definitely have a long ways to go in my development," Richmond admitted to in a pre-draft interview. "I'm one of the youngest guys in the draft."

Asked why he declared for the draft after just one season, Richmond replied: "I felt that I was ready. I didn't average what some of the teams would have liked to see me average but I think a trained eye would know that if I got around the setting and was receptive I could flourish."

He's now more likely to languish than flourish. reports that Richmond is looking at "up to 14 years in prison" for his actions.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:23 pm

NBA prospect allegedly beat, spit on girlfriend

well idiot i mean josh. i just googled up indiana hoosier arrests and found plenty to read...more football than basketball players but there were arrests none the less. hell even a former hoosier who was an announcer got arrested. my point is you can find bad apples on every team. so zip it and keep your eye on the papers to count how many hoosier athletes are arrested this year

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 7:56 pm

NBA prospect allegedly beat, spit on girlfriend

I guess if you can't defend the truth, you need to change the subject, huh?

Jamar Smith drove very drunk, wrecked into a tree and thought he killed his teammate.  He then drove to an apartment with other teammates.  One of them came out to the car, saw the lifeless body and heard Smith talk about how he just killed him.  They then went back inside leaving Brian Carlwell's body in the car.  Nobody on the entire team ever called for help.  Only a witness unrelated to the team called 911.

Weber's punishment?  Smith had to take a redshirt year, but stayed with the team.  No other player involved was punished at all. 

Luther Head...thief.  Stayed on the team.  Richard McBride...another DUI problem.  Stayed on the team.  Jereme Richmond had issues and suspensions in high school.  Weber decided after fostering other thugs that he would be perfect at Illinois.  Now some people are surprised that Richmond has a felony arrest?  Please.  Weber fosters it.

For those of you that want to ignore/deny all this and change the subject, shame on you.  Illinois has had more major NCAA infractions than any other Big Ten program.  This stuff isn't new in Champaign.  Indiana has had one incident with the NCAA.  When Bloomington learned of it, they fired their coach in the middle of a promising season.  They kicked all the players off the team.  They fired the president and athletic director.  They started fresh because they don't like cheating.  Illinois fosters it.  See the difference?

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:16 am

NBA prospect allegedly beat, spit on girlfriend

I have always said that Indiana should be joined with Kin-Tucky......and Josh just proved it!!! LMAO Like Kevin Sampson was a real prize!!! Indiana..the Hoosier daddy state!!!!!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 12:18 am

NBA prospect allegedly beat, spit on girlfriend

Josh...producer of moronic comments. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Indiana employ Kelvin Sampson...who actually did break NCAA rules, and who allowed his players to use drugs...

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:12 pm

NBA prospect allegedly beat, spit on girlfriend

spoken like a true idiotic indiana fan who doesn't have a clue josh

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 8:58 pm

NBA prospect allegedly beat, spit on girlfriend

Bruce Weber has to lead the nation in player arrests.  Dude not only recruits and signs thugs, but even refuses to punish the felons (Jamar Smith).  Bruce Weber...developer of men.

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:44 am

NBA prospect allegedly beat, spit on girlfriend

Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Richmond get booted off his high school team at one point before that coach caved to his talent too?  There were definite warning signs for Bruce Weber before this thug showed up on campus.  Weber has sure had his share of bad kids down in Champaign-Ruralana, maybe its the farm stench that brings out the worst in them.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:16 am

NBA prospect allegedly beat, spit on girlfriend

They're too p)(*y to do anything destructive, because the US Navy (Great Lakes Recruit Center) would combine riot control with cannon practice. 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:07 am

Too much entitlement. Where were his coaches?

This kid has totally screwed up his life.  If I was a parent with a recruit headed for Illinois, I would ask where the mentoring was.  Did this kid get the guidance he needed and screw up on his own, or did Illinois neglect to provide it for him?  Where were the red flags?  

Since: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 11:07 pm

NBA prospect allegedly beat, spit on girlfriend

Well, on the bright side, he's gonna make some prison league team fun to watch.

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