Former NBA star John “Hot Rod” Williams arrested in Louisiana

25 May

Police in Louisiana have arrested former NBA player John “Hot Rod” Williams on a misdemeanor count related to gunshots fired during a party at his home.

Law enforcement officials in Gonzales, Louisiana, a suburb of Baton Rouge, told the local newspaper that Williams and his relatives told officers about eight shots were fired by an unknown person attending Saturday’s party put on for members of Williams’ family.

The 48-year-old Williams was booked Tuesday with “letting a disorderly place” and was given a court date.

Former NBA player, John "Hot Rod" Williams

If convicted, Williams faces a fine of up to $500, six months in prison or both.

Police say no one was injured and no property was harmed in Saturday’s shooting.

Williams was involved in the most notable college hoops  scandal of the 1980s was the arrest of Tulane star John “Hot Rod” Williams on March 27, 1985.

Williams, according to his indictment, accepted at least $8,550 for manipulating point spreads in Metro Conference games against Southern Mississippi, Memphis State and Virginia Tech.

Williams was indicted on two counts of sports bribery and three counts of conspiracy. A mistrial ensued in Williams’ case and the charges were dropped by the judge.

Williams went immediately to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a high salary. He averaged 12.9 points per game during his nine years with the Cavaliers. Williams was in the NBA for a total of 13 years and played forward and center for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Sun

NBA.com and ESPN contributed to this report.

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