Ex-basketball phenom destitute with automobile filled with installed guns
June 12, 2017 - Basketballs
Former Big Apple basketball prodigy Sebastian Telfair was destitute early Sunday in Brooklyn with a bulletproof vest and a tiny arsenal inside his truck, military sources said.
The 32-year-old had been with another man, identified as Jami Thomas, 18, when cops pulled him over in Bed-Stuy around 2:50 a.m. and unclosed a weapons cache during a slight trade stop, according to authorities.
All in all, officers found 3 installed pistols, a gas-operated submachine gun, extended magazines, ammunition and a ballistic vest.
The span had been pushing in a Ford F-150 pickup lorry but a headlights on, call officers to stop them, sources said.
They had been parked illegally on a median on Atlantic Avenue nearby Classon Street only before a incident, and drawn a officers’ attention.
After being pulled over, cops smelled pot and eventually speckled a blazing corner inside a truck. They afterwards asked Telfair and Thomas to step out of a car and placed them underneath arrest.
Upon acid a truck, sources pronounced officers detected dual bags of pot and a pair’s gun collection — that enclosed a SIG MPX Pistol, a Ruger LC9s, and a Springfield Armory XD9 Mod 2 Pistol.
The arms is described by Personal Defense World repository as an “AR-style pistol in 9mm.”
Telfair, who was driving, was after charged with wrong possession of a ballistic vest, wrong possession of ammunition magazine, possession of a tranquil substance, aggravated unlawful user of a engine car and a engine car apparatus violation.
Thomas was also slapped with tranquil piece and gun possession-related charges, as well.
The dual group were arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court on Sunday night and hold on bond.
Their lawyers claimed that Telfair was Thomas’ uncle, and that he had legally purchased a weapons in Florida, where he is a resident.
The former basketball star’s attorney, Edward Hayes, described him as a “perfect citizen” with “no appearance in rapist activities.”
Telfair faces adult to 15 years in prison, if convicted.
Wearing black high-tops, a gray hoodie and gray sweats, he done eye hit with his mother and dual children as they sat in a behind of a courtroom with a rest of his family.
The Brooklyn local was one of a many sought-after players in a nation during his days during Lincoln High School. Choosing to skip out on college, he done a approach burst to a NBA in 2004 and was comparison 13th altogether by a Portland Trail Blazers.
Telfair eventually fizzled out, yet — personification for 8 opposite teams during his 12-year career and recently creation a jump to China.
A basketball manager from Brooklyn, who recently spoke with a former star, told The Post he was formulation on holding a year off from a competition before eventually streamer to Europe to play.
Sunday’s occurrence isn’t a initial time a standout indicate ensure has gotten in difficulty with a law.
In 2007, he and a crony were arrested on a gun assign following another slight trade stop.
Telfair had been speeding on a Bronx River Parkway and pushing with a dangling license. Officers after found a .45 size handgun underneath a newcomer seat.
Telfair pleaded guilty a year after to rapist possession of a arms and was condemned to 3 years of probation.
Additional stating by Larry Celona