Ex-NBA forward Chris Gatling pleads guilty to charges of fraud and theft


gatling-clevelandChris Gatling, who had an 11-year NBA career and was an All-Star in 1997, has plead guilty to charges of fraud and theft in relation to a house squatting situation in Arizona.

According to NBA official website, Gatling entered the guilty pleas to one count of theft and one count of forgery on Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Gatling was accused of breaking in the key box at the home and living there for about a year.

Police say the homeowners lived in California but had left the power on at the Arizona home. Gatling’s attorney, Michael Alarid III, declined to comment on his client’s guilty pleas.

In previous reports Gatling got caught when he had pretended to rent the home out, getting a down payment from one potential renter, but another called the police.

Gatling’s NBA career began in 1991 after he was traded by the 76ers as a first round draft pick out of Old Dominion – to the Warriors for Manute Bol.

During his NBA days, Gatling did set a few records. He was named to the Western Conference All-Star team in 1997 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

He led the NBA in field goal percentage (63 percent) during the 1994-95 season, and played 85 games during the 1999-00 season (while all teams normally play 82 games). Gatling averaged career high 19 ppg during the 1996-97 season.

During his career, he played for Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 6’10 backup forward played a total of 700 games in the league (86 started), averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 rebound per game over his career.

Gatling made nearly $30 million during his pro career, according to Pro Basketball Reference.

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