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Ex-NBA player Jimmy King arrested at church

Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:37 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2011 9:33 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverjimmy-king-2

The long arm of the law isn't afraid to extend itself in a place of worship.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Jimmy King, former NBA player and member of the University of Michigan's famed Fab Five team, was arrested while at church for failure to thousands of dollars of child support.
King, who turned 38 on Tuesday, was arraigned in Oakland County Circuit Court and charged with one count of failure to pay support, a felony carrying a maximum four-year prison term, according to John Sellek, state Attorney General spokesman. He said King owed $17,209 for one child, from 2008 to 2011.

Sellek said King was arrested without incident at 5 p.m. Tuesday at New St. Mark Baptist Church in Detroit, after agents saw a flyer about a basketball camp that advertised King’s involvement. Sellek added that agents had tried to reach King about outstanding child support by phone and by leaving notes at his home for six weeks.

"When it comes to child support,” said Attorney General Bill Schuette, “no matter who you are, you have to play by the rules.”
King, a 6-foot-5 guard originally hailing from Texas, played two seasons in the NBA, appearing in 62 games for the Toronto Raptors in 1995-1996 and in two games for the Denver Nuggets in 1996-1997. He averaged 4.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in his NBA career. He is perhaps better known as one of the less-heralded members of the Fab Five freshman recruiting class that also included NBA stars Chris Webber, Jalen Rose and Juwan Howard. The quintet appeared in back-to-back NCAA Championship games in 1992 and 1993. 

Incidentally, Rose, now a television commentator, was also arrested this year on a drunk driving charge and sentenced to 20 days in jail. Both King and Rose appeared in a recent television documentary about the Fab 5 that sparked a controversy when they made controversial remarks about Duke University and Grant Hill earlier this year. reports King's NBA career earnings at more than $600,000. He later played abroad and in the Continental Basketball Association.

Hat tip: Marcel Mutoni


Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:38 pm

Ex-NBA player Jimmy King arrested at church

Another U of M "grad" doing the blue proud
Rose in jail
Webber, well we all know the cheating and $ thing


Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:57 pm

C'mon, Jimmy...

That's somewhere between $100 and $120 a week.  It's not like some skank used King as a sperm donor and then sued for a few million a year in "child support," as happens to so many young professional athletes.  He must have gotten paid something from the documentary referenced in the article; why doesn't he just make a payment or two and get out of jail?  

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:59 pm

Ex-NBA player Jimmy King arrested at church

i think jimmy kings shorts woulda been longer

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:21 pm

Ex-NBA player Jimmy King arrested at church

in the above picture i mean, change it cbs. error card!

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:20 pm

Ex-NBA player Jimmy King arrested at church

that's not jimmy king, its willie anderson

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