The “rise and fall and rise” story of former NBA player Jay Vincent can serve as a bright example to a lot of people.
The former NBA player turned a new page in his life, when he was released from prison late in January 2016, where he spent about 4,5 years of his original sentence after pleading guilt to tax evasion and home inspection fraud.
Vincent and an associate stole $1 million from 20,000 people, according to an ESPN report from 2011.
“I was going to make something out of it,” Vincent said, according to Sporting News. “I turned things around. I’m not the kind of guy that’s going to sit around and just let something happen, but I try to make a positive out of it.”
Vincent didn’t waste any time in prison, as he wrote two books “The United States vs. Jay Vincent — Survive or Die” & “100 NBA Secrets”. Vincent said he has $24 million in book contracts for his tell-all book and said he hopes to repay everyone he wronged.
Further speaking, the former NBA star noted that it was important for him to get his story out there to show people that anyone can get in trouble with the law at any time, but anyone is also capable of rising above it.
Vincent said he wanted his books to tell his story, and it would be positive for people to know what happened to him and how he overcame it.
Earlier reports indicated that Vincent got a job at a burger, where he served as the company’s publicity manager.
Jay Vincent’s younger brother, also a former NBA player Sam Vincent, who is now a head coach for Al Manama, a basketball team in Bahrain, said no matter what life has thrown at Jay , he has always managed to put a positive spin on things.
“So I just want to tell people to remain positive, from my junior high fighting against Magic and going on and people telling me I wouldn’t make it,” Jay Vincent said. “I wouldn’t do this. I wouldn’t make the NBA. I wouldn’t have businesses after the NBA because a lot of NBA guys lose a lot of their money and don’t know how to start businesses. And then finally by going to prison that I was failed. … I made it a point to make another $24 million.”
A 6’7 forward, Jay Vincent played at Michigan State University under coach, Jud Heathcote, where he teamed with Magic Johnson and Greg Kelser to win the 1979 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. Vincent won the Big Ten scoring championship in his junior and senior years. He was then selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 1981 NBA Draft (24th overall pick).
For his career, Vincent played for the Mavericks (1981–86), Washington Bullets (1986–87), Denver Nuggets (1987–89), San Antonio Spurs (1989), Philadelphia 76ers (1989–1990) and Los Angeles Lakers (1990).
He concluded his 9-year NBA career in 1990, appearing in 576 games (225 started), averaging 15.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg in 27 mpg.
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