Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Basketballer's dog smuggled to Australia in hand luggage to be deported

Basketballer's dog smuggled to Australia in hand luggage to be deported

Lamar Patterson played in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaulkee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks before his move to Brisbane.

The ex-Atlanta Hawks player flew into Brisbane with his French bulldog placed inside his hand luggage and ran afoul of Australia's quarantine laws.

"His understanding from the feedback received from the airlines was that he was able to travel with the dog provided it was noted on his ticket, which he complied with", the statement read.

The dog was taken into quarantine and is to be deported to the United States on Friday, authorities said.

No matter what Lamar Patterson does for the Brisbane Bullets on the basketball court, he can expect to be dogged by questions about Kobe.

Patterson said Kobe had slept quietly during the long flight.

Patterson, who signed with Australian team the Brisbane Bullets this week, had spent "most of the morning with customs officials", the club said.

Lamar Patterson arrived at Brisbane Airport Thursday from Los Angeles, carrying his French Bulldog Kobe who sat in a dog carrier at his feet for the duration of the 14-hour flight.

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"If this is big news then Australia is an unbelievable place to live at", Patterson told a news conference on Friday.

When Patterson got to LAX with Kobe, "he asked if he could take his dog, and the response was yes, and it was even on his boarding pass that he's traveling with a dog, but obviously there was some confusion as to whether - like, they probably thought that he only meant domestically", Lemanis said, according to NBC News. "It was a miscommunication with the airlines".

"When he got to [Los Angeles International Airport] no-one said anything to him".

"I guess in his defence, we should take some responsibility".

The 27-year-old Patterson, who has had seasons in Turkey, Italy and China, has since been released from airport custody.

The incident revives memories from 2015 when Johnny Depp and then wife Amber Heard brought dogs Pistol and Boo into Queensland on a private jet without the proper paperwork.

Patterson, meanwhile, could make his first start for Brisbane on Sunday against Adelaide.

Then-agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce threatened to have the dogs euthanised.

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