Pistons’ Wallace arraigned on five-year felony gun charge
Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace was arrested on a felony gun charge over the weekend, police say.
September 29th, 2011
04:26 PM ET

Pistons’ Wallace arraigned on five-year felony gun charge

Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace was charged with a felony concealed weapon count, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, after police pulled him over on suspicion of drunken driving over the weekend, police in Michigan said Thursday.

Wallace, a four-time NBA defensive player of the year, was driving erratically when a police officer stopped him about 3 a.m. Saturday in Bloomfield Township, police said. The officer arrested him on suspicion of operating the vehicle while intoxicated.

An unloaded pistol was found in a backpack in the vehicle, Bloomfield Township police said in a news release.

A breath test at the police station showed Wallace had a blood-alcohol content above .08%, the state’s legal limit for driving, police said. The police department declined Thursday to reveal the exact percentage.

Wallace, 37, was charged with unlawful carrying of a concealed weapon and a misdemeanor charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The misdemeanor is punishable by a jail term of up to 93 days.

After he was arraigned, Wallace was released to a family member on a $5,000 bond, police said.

Wallace’s agent, Arn Tellem, was unavailable for comment Thursday, according to a representative at sports agency Wasserman Media Group.

The 6-foot-9 Wallace was one of the league’s top defenders during part of the last decade, and has pulled down more than 10,000 rebounds in his 15-year NBA career. The four-time all-star is in his second stint with the Pistons, with whom he won an NBA championship in 2004. He has also played for Washington, Orlando, Chicago and Cleveland.

He is in the final year of a two-year deal with Detroit. Wallace, whose numbers have declined in recent years – he averaged 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 points per game in 54 games last season - is considering retirement, but he has said he is leaning toward returning this coming season, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The scheduled November 1 start of the 2011-2012 NBA season is in doubt with the NBA locking out its players in a labor dispute.

Wallace told The Detroit News over the summer that after he finishes playing basketball, he wants to attend law school to help youths in trouble with the law.

He is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-exam conference Monday, police said.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    If he wants to go into law to help troubled kids, he'd better stay out of it himself!

    September 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex


      September 29, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Name*Tony

    He should focus on getting his GED first. What an idiot!

    September 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whocares

      Do u have one? Why u care? Don't judge him. Can I judge u n say u r an idiot for judging others.

      September 29, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u.

      Yeah , Like if you made the millions of dollars Big Ben does, the GED would be your major concern.

      Go Bad Boys

      September 30, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Andreas Moser

    What about the 2nd amendment?

    September 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. justathought

    BINGO Bansay, what is they say, "Walk the talk"

    September 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio )

    What in the world does a 37 year old 6' 9" need a gun for anyways. He could live here, take the course and have him a conceal and carry permit. But noooo. 😉

    September 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nasty

    Man u should have BEn got his gun license! Wow celebs r slow

    September 29, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mma fighter

    he has a college degree already he is a smart dude

    September 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dr. Mumbai

    More American Gun MADNESS !!

    Jail him NOW !!

    September 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. June Kinanda

    Tony why would u assume he has no GED ?

    September 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rk630

    Typical: man's got money, power and prestige. Stupid is as stupid does..

    September 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dannie

    Let those of us that are sin free cast the first stone, exactly so shut the Hell up:)

    September 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • YoMamma

      Well I've never driven drunk with a gun in the car...

      September 29, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. charles blackmon

    Notice police already knw well star nba play basketball. police knw then leave them alone. Police try made Ben look bad his name as police r pride. Police fool dig greedy

    September 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. clos

    One is required to pack heat in The D. Although rounds in it would help.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. craneopr

    Great he is going to law school, great player maybe better lawyer! Good luck Ben

    September 29, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. toocy

    ...you probably never went to law school, played professional basketball, won defensive player of the year or won the NBA championship either.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
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