Antoine Walker to Go on Trial over Gambling Debt
Former NBA all-star Antoine Walker‘s money woes continue, and this time, he will have to answer in court. Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson of Las Vegas ruled that Walker must face the court due to his failure to settle debts he incurred from 2008 to 2009.
Andress-Tobiasson said Walker has not fulfilled his obligation to pay the remaining $770,000 of a debt that amounted to a little over $900,000. The debts came from gambling loans he used at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, and the Red Rock Resort. His arraignment in state court has been set on June 30. He is facing three charges of writing bad checks, an offense that could net him up to 12 years in prison if convicted. Nevada law treats unpaid gambling loans as bad checks.
Walker, 33, was drafted sixth overall in 1996 by the Boston Celtics after two fruitful years with the Kentucky Wildcats. He played with the Celtics until the end of the 2002 season, before being traded to the Dallas Mavericks before the start of the next season. He played briefly for the Atlanta Hawks before returning to Boston near the end of the 2004-2005 season. He earned his only NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2006 and ended his NBA career after being waived by the Memphis Grizzlies in December 2008.