HoopsHype Charles Smith rumors

January 10, 2014 Updates

As Dennis Rodman continued his controversial "basketball diplomacy" inside North Korea Friday, his U.S. teammates at an exhibition game Wednesday flew out of Pyongyang praising their trip and declaring "mission accomplished". "On behalf of all the players that went on the trip, it's probably best to say that we set out on a mission to use basketball as a bridge for cultural exchange and we accomplished that mission," said Charles Smith at Beijing airport Friday. USA Today Sports

January 7, 2014 Updates

Former NBA star Charles D. Smith says he feels remorse for coming to Pyongyang with Dennis Rodman for a game on the North Korean leader's birthday because the event has been dwarfed by politics and tainted by Rodman's own comments. Smith and other former NBA players are scheduled to play with Rodman against a team of North Koreans in a game on Wednesday that organizers say leader Kim Jong Un is expected to attend. Many of the players on Tuesday privately expressed second thoughts about going ahead because of an outpouring of criticism in the United States. ABC News

Smith, who played for the New York Knicks, said the North Korea trip has been dwarfed by politics and Rodman's frequent boasts about his close friendship with Kim. "What we are doing is positive, but it is getting dwarfed by the other circumstances around it," Smith told The Associated Press. "Apparently our message is not being conveyed properly due to the circumstances that are much bigger than us, and I think that has to do with politics and government." ABC News

May 22, 2012 Updates

NBA players union executive director Billy Hunter utilized union funds to support former NBA forward Charles Smith's attempt to overthrow the National Basketball Retired Players Association, sources say, one of several maneuvers that inspired union president Derek Fisher to call for a business review of the union's activity. The players' union is currently being investigated by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan, sources have confirmed. ESPN.com

The players' union is currently being investigated by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan, sources have confirmed. Recent reports by both Yahoo! Sports and Bloomberg News detailed a number of other expenditures and hirings made by Hunter without executive committee oversight. The financial support of Smith is another one, sources said. ESPN.com

November 18, 2011 Updates

Why should anyone remotely expect the NBA and its players to get their billion dollar testosterone-fueled act together without the routine dosage of duress, disdain and danger if the National Basketball Retired Players Association, with so relatively little at stake, can’t extinguish enduring internal strife? In a letter last week, NBRPA counsel Jack Marin threatened former executive director Charles Smith with litigation. “It has come to our attention that you have been contacting the officers of our various chapters and numerous other association members in a manner that is disruptive, divisive and detrimental to the association. This is in violation of your duty of loyalty as a member of the association,” began the letter from Marin, a former Bullets forward. New York Post

According to those in the know, CEO Arnie D. Fielkow and president George Tinsley have reason to believe the estranged Smith has been contacting members regarding the possible start-up of a rival retired association. On Nov. 18, 2010, after two years on the job, Smith was furtively fired by Tinsley and a five-man board. Scorned women know where the ex-Knicks forward may be coming from. Board member Dan Schayes replaced Smith, though briefly. Numerous players, led by Earl Monroe, fiercely objected to how the coup was handled. Not only was Smith’s firing proceeding, by a select few, highly disputable, but the membership wasn’t given a voice or a vote. Consequently, Schayes was relieved of his duties and an election reshuffled the board. In mid-September, a comprehensive search resulted in the hiring of Fielkow, a New Orleans city council VP. Oh, yeah, in the meantime, Smith threatened to sue the NBBPA for his wrongful discharge. I don’t believe he followed through. New York Post

Again, in Smith’s email to members, he readily admitted communicating the terms of his sacking. “An interim Executive Director replaced me, and after days without any correspondence from the office, a vast majority of the membership was left to believe I did something illegal. I fielded the calls and carefully explained the position I was in. “There was no gag order placed on ME,” Smith emailed. “I was never instructed not to share this information The office did not send out any directives or explanation to the membership. For this reason, a large number of members called and e-mailed me to find out something. As you may have seen in my email, I carefully explained only the facts of my departure.” A month or so ago, Smith emailed members, alerting them he had withdrawn his real or imagined threat to take the NBRPA to court. Instead, apparently his new game plan is to take the association to the hoop. There’s something to be said, I suppose, for a man who never seems to tire of getting blocked. New York Post

May 3, 2011 Updates
January 20, 2011 Updates

The former NBA basketball player who was shot in October because of alleged gambling debts was charged Jan. 11 with additional drug- related crimes. Charles Edward Smith, 43, a former Boston Celtics and Georgetown University basketball player, was shot in the upper body Oct. 21 at a house in the 13200 block of Landsdales Hope Way in the Fairwood community west of Bowie. Online court records for Prince George's County District Court show that Smith was initially charged Oct. 29 with one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute; one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, not marijuana; and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Gazette.net

January 13, 2011 Updates

Charles Edward Smith, 43, a former Boston Celtics and Georgetown University basketball player, was shot in the upper body Oct. 21 at a house in the 13200 block of Landsdales Hope Way in the Fairwood community west of Bowie. Online court records for Prince George's County District Court show that Smith was initially charged Oct. 29 with one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute; one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, not marijuana; and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Gazette.net

October 22, 2010 Updates

Former Georgetown and NBA player Charles Smith was shot at his Prince George's County home, according to a police official familiar with the case. Police are still investigating a motive in the shooting, according to the police official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the information had not been publicly released. Police said a man found with a gunshot wound at the home in Bowie was taken to a local hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. ESPN.com

Law enforcement sources have identified the man shot in Bowie Thursday as Charles E. Smith IV, a one-time Georgetown University basketball star and former NBA player. The sources said the shooting could have stemmed from a gambling debt. Police were called to a home in the 13200 block of Landsdale Hope Way about 12:20 p.m. for the report of a shooting. Investigators scoured the neighborhood for the shooter, who was reported to be wearing a red hat and armed with a handgun, according to witnesses. TBD.com

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