Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Former NBA Player Sebastian Telfair Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison

Former NBA Player Sebastian Telfair Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison

Former NBA point guard Sebastian Telfair was reportedly sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Monday, stemming from a 2017 illegal firearm possession.

Telfair played for various teams before leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2014 and joining a Chinese basketball team. Police found firearms including a semi-automatic rifle, ammunition, a ballistic vest and marijuana inside a vehicle Telfair was driving during a traffic stop in Brooklyn. "I can go play in China for six years and take care of my family".

Telfair was drafted 13th overall in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers and had a 10 year NBA career. The guard spent one season in Boston, averaging 6.1 points and 2.8 assists in 78 games.

That was a far cry from the hullabaloo Telfair generated in his teenage years, including appearing on the cover of Slam magazine in 2002 with fellow high school star LeBron James.

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The Brooklyn native, who was drafted by Portland in 2004, played for the Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder. After searching Telfair's truck, authorities retrieved "a loaded.45 caliber gun in the console".

The 33-year-old was sentenced to three and a half years after a Brooklyn jury found him guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in April, prosecutors said. "But I don't beat myself up about it too much".

Telfair also told the court that he's being convicted of a "victimless crime".

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