Ex-NBA Craig Ehlo arrested on charges of domestic violence, released later


craig-ehloFormer Cavaliers star Craig Ehlo was arrested Thursday on charges of domestic violence and reckless burning during a domestic dispute, according to a report by the Spokesman Review.

“Basketball standout Craig Ehlo, who spent 14 years in the NBA and last month resigned an assistant coaching position at Eastern Washington University, was arrested early Thursday on charges including domestic violence after firefighters found family members holding him down near a pile of burning clothes outside his rural Spokane home,” said the report.

“Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested Ehlo, 51, on the felony charge of first-degree reckless burning and a separate charge of domestic violence, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into Spokane County Jail shortly after 7:30 a.m. under his given first name, Joel,” the report said.

According to NBA official website, Ehlo was released from jail Friday and ordered to stay away from family members and his rural Spokane County home.

Superior Court Judge James Triplet set Ehlo’s arraignment for Aug. 14 on a charge of first-degree reckless burning, a Class C felony, the Spokesman-Review reported.

Ehlo also was ordered to stay away from fire-starting materials and remain in Washington state.

Court documents say sheriff’s deputies found him being held down by family members near a pile of his burning clothes. The gasoline-fueled fire reportedly damaged an awning and siding at the home. The documents did not provide additional details.

Ehlo was treated for undisclosed injuries before being booked into jail.

Deputy Craig Chamberlin said earlier that deputies learned Ehlo had argued with his wife Wednesday night. Chamberlin said family members reported that Ehlo subsequently piled up clothes next to the garage and set them afire.

The charge he faces carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, the newspaper said.

Ehlo recently coached at Eastern Washington University and resigned July 11.

He played at Washington State University from 1981 to 1983 and was drafted into the NBA by the Houston Rockets. He played for 14 seasons with the Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks and Seattle SuperSonics.

He averaged double-figures in scoring for 5 consecutive seasons. Ehlo holds career averages of 8.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.8 apg in 24.1 minutes per game. He appeared in total of 873 NBA games, starting in 321 of them.

Ehlo also worked as a television analyst for the Sonics and Gonzaga.

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