Richard Dumas Rumors

Former Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns player Richard Dumas is set to go on trial on charges that he stole merchandise from Luke Air Force Base’s exchange store. The trial is set to begin Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court. Dumas pleaded not guilty last month to eight felony charges of organized retail theft. Authorities say Dumas stole about $800 worth of merchandise from the Air Force base’s exchange store while working with a janitorial service there in 2012.
Dumas, 44, is accused of eight counts of stealing merchandise from the Luke Air Force Base’s exchange store between September and October 2012 while working with a janitorial service, according to court documents. The items ranged from cigarettes to shoes adding up to a total of just under $800. He was arrested on Dec. 19 in Litchfield Park, along with 151 others, as part of the U.S. Marshals Service’s three-day Operation Grinch Stopper. Marshals arrested suspects who had outstanding warrants for property crimes, officials said.
Former Suns basketball player Richard Dumas walked away with a smile and a thumbs up after pleading not guilty to organized retail theft on Friday. After waiting for more than two hours and watching more than 70 people face the judge before him, Dumas, wearing a red sweater and black slacks, finally left his friend’s side to stand up at the podium himself. Dumas was appointed a public attorney and assigned a Feb. 14 court date for his next pretrial hearing. When the short hearing ended, Dumas gave his friend a thumbs up and the two walked out of the courtroom smiling.
Former Phoenix Suns forward Richard Dumas is among 151 people arrested in a pre-holiday roundup of theft suspects in Arizona. The U.S. Marshals Service says Dumas was arrested Thursday in Litchfield Park on a warrant charging him with eight counts of organized retail theft. Marshals Service spokesman Frederick Freeman says the charges against Dumas result from a Maricopa County indictment, but he didn’t immediately have further information. Dumas was booked into a Maricopa County jail late Thursday, and it’s not immediately known whether he has a lawyer. Dumas played for the Suns from 1992 to 1995. The Marshals Service says the roundup was conducted Tuesday through Thursday by multiple agencies in the Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma and Flagstaff areas.
Dumas went astray again in 1998 for a cocaine arrest. He tried comebacks in Croatia, where he played center until he hurt his knee, and the minors, where he never showed up to play because he said he hurt his knee a day before his trip to Westchester, N.Y. More honestly, he said he had lost his passion. That kneecap sticks out of a bony joint today, but Dumas said hard-labor jobs have kept him in shape. “I don’t want to be sitting there looking like Charles Barkley on a Weight Watchers commercial,” Dumas said.
Markieff Morris already has played for the Suns longer than Dumas did. Dumas’ 128 games, including 23 in the 1993 playoffs, left everyone, except Dumas, wanting more. Dumas let it all go with amazing ease and lives simply now. He scraps to make a living with more appreciation than regret about his fame, which was fleeting in the NBA, even though it is everlasting in Suns lore. “I just played for fun and was blessed to do it,” said Dumas, who turned 44 on Sunday. “I didn’t get caught up in all that. People took it more serious than I wanted. Basketball ain’t my problem. Life was. It was off the court that I had my problem. That’s been a lifelong thing.”
Dumas said he lost all his NBA fortune on drugs, back taxes and a divorce but said he never played for riches. Today, he is trying to wipe the slate clean with basketball. He has started Richard Dumas and Friends Athletic Association, with the help of old friends for sponsors — Mark West and the Suns, Dan Majerle and his Majerle’s Sports Grill chain and Miller, who sells cars at Superstition Springs Chrysler Jeep Dodge. Dumas and Friends organizes sports camps and clinics, including Dumas coaching. At 6 feet 7, Dumas’ frame begs the question about whether he played basketball — most do not recognize him from the best season in Suns history. “I used to, back when I was young,” Dumas tells them.
Trouble followed like him like a shadow in Tulsa. His mother, who keeps childhood portraits of Dumas in her living room and a Bible on the coffee table, put Dumas in organized basketball and baseball to corral her mischievous child. His grades were fine. He never got in a fight. Dumas’ energy outlet was petty crime, busting windows and stealing candy from stores. His idle time turned him to drugs and alcohol. He said he tried alcohol at age 5 and marijuana at age 9. He blames his increased drug use, including cocaine, on former first lady Nancy Reagan. “She said ‘Just say no,’ so it got me interested,” Dumas said of the slogan that came out when he was 17. “It brought it to the forefront. We didn’t have any big drug problem until Nancy said to say no to drugs. Nobody knew about half of it. Now they’re showing it on TV about what it does.”