Kermit Washington Rumors
Former NBA player Kermit Washington was arraigned Thursday in Kansas City on fraud charges related to an African charity he founded. Defense attorney Robin Fowler entered a not guilty plea for Washington, who was arrested last month in California after a federal grand jury in Kansas City indicted him on charges related to his Project Contact Africa charity. Federal prosecutors say he diverted nearly $500,000 in donations to the charity for his own benefit.
On Thursday, Washington pleaded not guilty to the charges of interfering with internal revenue laws, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, obstruction of justice and aggravated identity theft. Washington, 64, was known for a 1977 on-court incident in which he punched Rudy Tomjanovich during a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houtson Rockets. Tomjanovich was nearly killed by the punch that shattered bones in his face. Some of the charges against Washington are connected to a criminal case involving Ron Mix, a lawyer and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Former NBA player Kermit Washington was indicted this week by a federal grand jury on charges he evaded taxes and defrauded donors to his charity, according to documents unsealed in federal court on Wednesday.
Washington faces more than 40 years in prison if convicted of the four charges: corrupt interference with the internal revenue laws, conspiring to commit wire fraud, obstruction and aggravated identity theft. He also could be fined up to $1 million.
Former NBA All-Star Kermit Washington joined the Bald Faced Truth radios show (12-3p on 750-AM and 102.9-FM) to talk about his career, Damian Lillard, and why he thinks Jerry Sloan was a better coach than Phil Jackson. “I think Jerry Sloan is a lot better coach than Phil Jackson,” Washington said. “…if Phil Jackson was a jockey, he had Secretariat to ride. You could have put 50 jockeys on Secretariat and won the Kentucky Derby. He was lucky and Pat Riley was very lucky. Red Auerbach would tell you the same thing… whoever was coaching Bill Russell would have won 10 championships.”
Abdul-Jabbar insists that basketball was really what his life had been about all along. He loves it and expects to play, he says, “as long as I keep my mental and physical health.” But in December of 1977 he was nearly ready to quit. Just a month after his hand had healed sufficiently for him to return to action, he witnessed yet another violent act when teammate Kermit Washington crushed the face of Houston’s Rudy Tomjanovich with a punch. “He was miserable,” says Cheryl. “I sent him air-express letters saying, ‘Kareem, your career is not a jail sentence.’ He felt so sorry for himself it was disgusting.”
During his week-long stay, Dwight visited the Kipok Secondary School in the Monduli region and the Lunguya Secondary School in Shinyanga to donate more than $80K for their educational efforts. Dwight’s donation will assist in building a dormitory on the grounds of each school so that the young girls are able to live on the school’s campus. By living on campus, it will ensure that the students have three meals a day and will help to keep the young girls safe from any danger, including potentially being raped, as they will no longer have to walk more than three kilometers to school. Other needs in this region include additional schools, classrooms, teachers and computer labs. The Secondary Schools also in need of 84 dormitories, of which only 20 are available at this time, leaving a shortage of 64. The presence of dormitories increases retention of the young girls and boys and as a result increases completion rates and improves academic performance.