Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for illegal gun possession, Brooklyn's district attorney announced Monday. Telfair was initially arrested in 2017 after police discovered guns in the auto and another man were parked in illegally.
Judge John Hecht responded to Telfair, telling him, "I'm not going to say very much, I've observed you throughout the trial".
According to reports, the 34-year old Brooklyn native was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck in Bed-Stuy around 2:50 a.m. with another man, identified at the time as 18-year old Jami Thomas.
"Put a gun in his hand and fight for us n-a". According to The Post, police found "three loaded handguns, a submachine gun, ammo, extended magazines" and a ballistic vest during a vehicle search. I got an American Express, ' he added. On Monday, he bawled in a NY judicial court.
Telfair was also arrested on gun charges in 2007.
Telfair was once considered a rising star in basketball, and he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2004 with the headline, "Watch Me Now". The arresting officer stated in his testimony that "the smell of marijuana was present, as was a lit marijuana cigarette in the car's console". As an undersized point guard in the pros, he stuck around for 10 years but struggled to make a major impact, averaging 7.4 points, 3.5 assists and 1.6 rebounds. His professional career spanned from 2004-2015, including stops with the Celtics, Timberwolves, Clippers, Suns, Sixers, Raptors and Thunder.