Jereme Richmond Rumors
Lawyers for former University of Illinois basketball player Jereme Richmond say weapons charges against him should be dismissed. Richmond was arrested in August after police accused him of shoving a 17-year-old girlfriend and threatening to shoot her outside her house.
Illinois coach Bruce Weber said Thursday he was concerned about Jereme Richmond’s future when he decided to leave the program following his freshman season. Since departing Illinois last season, Richmond, who was not selected in the NBA draft in June, was arrested for battery and weapon charges after allegedly threatening his ex-girlfriend and her father in August. He returned to jail after failing a drug test last week. “Anytime a kid leaves a program, who they pick as an agent, who they listen to, those things are all important,” Weber said at the Big Ten basketball media day. “There’s no doubt. It’s every kid, but in Jereme’s case just to make the right decision and go the right way. Things didn’t go the right way for him obviously. It’s sad. It’s a sad story of sports and athletics.”
Teenage basketball star Jereme Richmond has become well-versed in turmoil during his short, brilliant and exasperating career. He was twice kicked off his high school squad, suspended during his one-and-done year at the University of Illinois and undrafted by NBA teams after missing workouts. All of that is insignificant compared with what he faces now. In August, Richmond was arrested amid allegations that he punched his ex-girlfriend and threatened her family, charges that if proved could put him behind bars for up to five years. What’s more, Richmond was jailed Friday for allegedly failing a drug test imposed as a condition of his bond.
NBA observer Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com says that remains a possibility. Richmond has size, youth and raw talent and, despite getting passed over in June’s draft, could yet find his way to the league, though likely in a minor role. Givony added, however, that Richmond is running short on chances. “When you’re looking at a guy like Jereme, at best an off-the-bench player, (legal trouble) really hurts,” Givony said. “They need to be the best guys off the court. They need to work hard. Distractions can’t come from those guys.”
“No one’s untouchable,” he said. “There are rules to life.” Less than 48 hours after saying that, Richmond was standing in a Lake County courtroom, accused of breaking another rule. He allegedly tested positive for marijuana in an Oct. 5 drug test administered by the courts, and on Friday, Judge Theodore Potkonjak raised Richmond’s bond from $65,000 to $100,000. He said if Richmond made bail, the teen would be confined to his parents’ house except for “genuine training opportunities” that must be confirmed by the court. Potkonjak ordered Richmond to return to custody. He stood and handed his wallet and other possessions to his lawyer. Then he was guided toward the door leading back to jail, his eyes brimming with tears. “Get it all out now,” a court officer said. With that, Richmond vanished into the corridor, one more detour on a road that seems to grow ever longer.
A Lake County judge refused Monday to allow a former Waukegan basketball star to travel out of state to work with a two-time NBA champion player. Jereme Richmond appeared before Circuit Judge Daniel Shanes with his attorney Lawrence Wade II to get permission to travel to Los Angeles to train with Craig Hodges, former Chicago Bulls player.