Former NBA player arrested on gun and drug charges

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After being suspected of a traffic violation in Brooklyn Sunday, former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was arrested and charged with possession of weapons and marijuana.

According to the New York Police Department, Telfair, 32, was the driver in a vehicle that was parked illegally on a median without its lights on. Officers stopped to assess the situation and ultimately arrested Telfair along with another man, Jami Thomas, 18, after discovering three loaded firearms, a semi-automatic rifle, ammunition, a ballistic vest and marijuana inside the vehicle.

Telfair and Thomas were arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court on Sunday night and held on bond.

After being named USA Mr. Basketball, Telfair was a first-round draft pick out of high school in 2004. Telfair then appeared with LeBron James on the cover of SLAM Magazine when the two were being promoted as players destined to revolutionize the game. James lived up to expectations, winning three championships and being seen by some as the greatest NBA player in history, but Telfair’s professional career was not nearly as dazzling.

Telfair, the cousin of Stephon Marbury, played for several NBA teams including the Portland Trailblazers, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors. He also played in China prior to ending his playing career 2014.

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