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Chamique Holdsclaw reportedly tried lighting ex-girlfriend’s car on fire

Chamique Holdsclaw was arrested on Thursday after turning herself into Atlanta police for allegedly firing a gun inside her ex-girlfriend’s car during a wild incident on Tuesday.

Holdsclaw reportedly began following her ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lacy, who had finished a workout at a church. After Lacy realized she was being followed, she pulled over, and that’s when things got bad.

Holdsclaw allegedly bashed the car’s windows in with a baseball bat, and then fired a round of shots in the car while Lacy was inside it. Now we’re learning that Holdsclaw supposedly was planning to light the Range Rover on fire.

According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, police reportedly believe Holdsclaw may have poured gasoline on Lacy’s car and tried shooting to start a bigger fire. And as TMZ shared, the person who called 911 told the dispatcher that Holdsclaw poured gasoline on the car.

Lacy and Holdsclaw dated for around four years, and Lacy broke off their relationship some time last year. The two were teammates on the Atlanta Dream in 2009. Lacy currently plays for the Tulsa Shock. Holdsclaw won three national championships in college at Tennessee, a gold medal at the Olympics, and she played 12 seasons in the WNBA. She has fought depression and even had a suicide attempt in 2006.

Holdsclaw was released from jail after posting $100,000 bond and is being monitored by an ankle bracelet. She is being charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of damaging property and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, per TMZ.

Holdsclaw reportedly feels terribly about what she did. It’s obvious she’s struggling mentally, so we really hope she gets better.

Retirement? Say It Ain’t so Chamique

This is the saddest thing. I remember like it was yesterday when Chamique was making women’s college hoops somewhat popular on ESPN, balling it up for the Lady Vols. And what, less than 10 years later she’s hanging it up? What will Sparks fans do without her?

I’m not Mr. up-to-date when it comes to the WNBA, but I’m pretty sure they’re in season right now. Matter of fact, I think the Sparks are 3-2, and Holdsclaw is their leading scorer. And she’s ditching them mid-season, knowing full well that the team is without the other star, Lisa Leslie who’s pregnant. Thanks for the effort there, Dottie Henson. I wonder if she’ll be giving any of her max-salary $93,000 back to the team. I really don’t, I just wanted to point out that the max-WNBA salary was less than I make bootlegging DVDs on 5th and Alvarado.

So this marks the end of a fine women’s basketball career. And now, the amount of players in the WNBA I know by name has shrunk by 20%. Is Lobo still in there? Swoopes? Taurasi? I think I might have hit one. What a shame, an utter shame. How is the league expected to survive with a star player like her retiring during the year? Maybe the WNBA is on its last legs…and that might not be such a bad thing.