In this undated photo provided by the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Dept., former NBA basketball player Antoine Walker is shown. Walker, who has been charged with suspicion of drunk driving in Miami Beach, Fla., was driving a black Mercedes without the lights on when he was pulled over early Monday morning jan. 5, 2009. Officers detected a strong odor of alcohol and that Walker had a sleepy look on his face. He refused a breathalyzer test. (AP Photo/Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Dept.)
Las Vegas Sun
The district attorney’s office has filed a criminal complaint against former NBA all-star Antoine Walker alleging he failed to pay back $822,500 in gambling debts at three Las Vegas casinos.
Walker, who last played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2008, made the all-star team three times as a member of the Boston Celtics. He also was on the Miami Heat team that won the championship in 2006. Walker was on a national championship team while in college too, as a starting forward for the University of Kentucky in 1996.
The complaint charges Walker, 32, who wants to return to the NBA, with three felony counts in passing $1 million in bad checks while taking out the markers at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and Red Rock Resort. By law, gambling debts in Nevada are handled as bad check cases.
According to a copy of the complaint obtained by the Sun, Walker obtained gambling markers by writing 10 separate $100,000 checks with insufficient funds at the casinos from July 27 to Jan. 19.
Six of the checks were made out to Caesars Palace and two each to Planet Hollywood and Red Rock Resort, the complaint says.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Bernie Zadrowski, who runs the bad check unit, is asking a Las Vegas justice of the peace for a warrant to arrest Walker.
Zadrowski says Walker has paid back some of the $1 million in markers, but in addition to the $822,500 still owed to the casinos, Walker now owes the district attorney’s office $82,550 in fees for taking on the criminal prosecution, which the three casinos requested.
One of Walker’s Las Vegas attorneys, Jonathan Powell, declined to comment.
This is the second brush with the law for Walker this year. He was charged with suspected drunken driving in Miami Beach in January.
Two years ago Walker and a relative were bound at gunpoint while robbers took a car, cash and jewelry from his suburban Chicago home. Four men were later charged in the case.