Former Phoenix Suns basketball player Rex Chapman was sentenced on Friday to 18 months of supervised probation for shoplifting more than $15,000 in merchandise from an Apple store in Arizona, court officials said. Chapman, who starred at the University of Kentucky before playing guard for several NBA teams, also was sentenced to perform 750 hours of community service under a plea deal in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix.
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Former Kentucky basketball star Rex Chapman has been sentenced to probation and agreed to pay more than $15,000 to an Apple Store in Arizona and complete 750 hours of community service after pleading guilty in a shoplifting case, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. Jerry Cobb, who is a spokesman for the Maricopa County (Arizona) Attorney’s Office, told the newspaper that Chapman pleaded guilty to four Class 6 felony charges (the lowest level felony offense) on Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Chapman, 47, is next due back in court on Sept. 25 when he will learn the length of his probation. He also agreed to pay back half of the $15,128.30 he has agreed to repay the Apple Store in Scottsdale at that hearing, with the rest of the money due by the end of his probation, the newspaper reported.
Former University of Kentucky and NBA basketball player Rex Chapman began a 28-day substance-abuse treatment program at The Brook Hospital in Louisville on Monday, a source with knowledge of the situation said. Chapman, who will be 47 Sunday, is determined to break a reliance on suboxone, a medication prescribed to help patients stop using opioid-based pain medication. Chapman suffered multiple knee, ankle and thumb injuries over his 12-season, 666-game NBA career. He never played an entire 82-game schedule and retired from the Phoenix Suns, his fourth pro team, in 2000.
The video of Chapman’s court appearance is above, but below you’ll find video of several instances in which Chapman stole products from the Apple Store after pretending he had checked out through the store’s EasyPay system.
Former NBA guard Rex Chapman has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting $14,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Scottsdale and then selling the items at a pawn shop. Police took Chapman, 46, into custody Friday afternoon after officers stopped his vehicle in northeast Scottsdale. They say he’s being held on suspicion of nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property.
Everyone in the greater basketball nation heard about Rex Chapman’s tweet-heard-round-the-world, that social media message sent Monday in which the former University of Kentucky star said he was told that the wildly successful Kentucky coach would be coaching the Los Angeles Lakers soon. But after the current Lakers coach dismissed the report, telling reporters “it’s not a big deal,” D’Antoni spoke with USA TODAY Sports about his future that is certainly uncertain. “Well, I think after the year is over, we’ll sit down with management and see where they’re going, see where they’re headed, and it’s up for them to decide,” D’Antoni said. “It’s not for me to decide.”