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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.”
When Rex Chapman heads to Twitter, the former University of Kentucky star says he feels as if he’s just talking to friends. “I’m not a journalist — never pretend to be,” Chapman said Tuesday morning on the Dan Patrick Show. “I interact with people. I’m not going to refrain from giving information I hear just because it might upset some people.” The Kentucky native with deep ties to the NBA as a player and executive didn’t back down from his comments made Monday night on the social media network — that “word is,” it’s a done deal UK coach John Calipari is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers. Where did that word come from? “Two things from two very good sources — one was that, win or lose, he’s going to the Lakers,” Chapman said. “And then at halftime, was told that we’re talking to the Lakers and of course he has to listen. You know, hey, I don’t make this stuff up. You know me better than that.”