More than a dozen NBA players were arrested on Thursday following an investigation into a fraud scheme, and there were some very recognizable names among the group.
An indictment that was unsealed in New York showed that 18 former NBA players have been federally charged for allegedly defrauding the NBA’s Health and Welfare Benefit Plan out of nearly $4 million, according to NBC News. Terrence Williams was considered the ringleader of the scheme, which involved players submitting fake reimbursement claims for medical and dental services they never received. The charges the ex-players are facing are conspiracy to commit health care and wire fraud.
In addition to Williams, players involved include Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Tony Allen, Sebastian Telfair, Shannon Brown and Darius Miles. You can see the full list of names below:
More former players: – Terrence Williams – Alan Anderson – Tony Allen – Shannon Brown – William Bynum – Melvin Ely – Christopher Douglas-Roberts – Tony Wroten
According to the grand jury indictment, the defendants took part in a widespread scheme from 2017-2020. The fraudulent claims that were submitted totaled $3.9 million — $2.5 million of which was paid out to the former players. Williams allegedly came up with the idea and created fake invoices for other defendants. Investigators say he received kickbacks totaling at least $230,000 from the other ex-players.
Williams also allegedly helped some of the defendants obtain fake letters of medical necessity in order to secure have claims processed by the NBA’s Health and Welfare Benefit Plan.
Kyrie Irving left Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks after suffering a nasty-looking ankle injury, but Glen “Big Baby” Davis has no sympathy for the Brooklyn Nets star.
After Irving landed awkwardly on his right ankle in the first half of Game 4, Davis commented on Instagram that the leg was the same one Irving used to disrespect the Boston Celtics’ midcourt logo earlier in the postseason.
Irving, who used to play for the Celtics, intentionally stepped on the team’s midcourt logo last month and dragged his foot across it (video here). Davis, another former Celtic, took to Instagram after the stunt and basically threatened Irving, which drew a response from Kevin Durant.
Kevin Garnett is not the only former Boston Celtics player who was upset over Kyrie Irving stomping on the team’s midcourt logo on Sunday night. Glen “Big Baby” Davis also condemned the move, though he took things a step further than K.G.
Following the Brooklyn Nets’ win over the Celtics in Game 4, Irving intentionally stepped on the Celtics’ midcourt logo and dragged his foot across the mascot’s face (video here). Garnett took to Instagram on Monday to criticize Irving over the stunt, and Davis agreed with his former teammate.
Davis responded to Garnett’s criticism in an Instagram comment and warned Irving that he should “keep the s— basketball before somebody get hurt in real life.” That drew a reaction from Kevin Durant, who posted a bunch of laughing emojis and a short message. The exchange was edited by LBS for profanity:
Davis and Garnett were both part of the 2008 Celtics team that won an NBA title.
What Irving did was immature and classless. That said, it’s obviously absurd for Davis to say “somebody might get hurt” over it in real life. This isn’t the first time we have seen the former NBA big man take an Instagram comment too far.
Garnett is right that Irving’s logo stomp did not receive enough backlash on a night where a fan was arrested for throwing something at the Nets star. But what Davis said about the stunt is just as childish as the stunt itself.
The flex from Thompson in his response to Davis is twofold. For one, he is referencing his own NBA record of 37 points scored in a quarter. Thompson is also clowning Davis, who has been out of the league since 2015, by joking that he will see Davis on the court next season. Thus, it is probably safe to say that this round of beef goes to the Splash Brother.
Klay Thompson got involved in some drama over the weekend, and Glen Davis went a step too far in his reaction to it.
The Golden State Warriors star Thompson guested as a commentator on NBC Sports’ broadcast of the Warriors-Detroit Pistons game on Saturday. After the final buzzer, Pistons swingman Rodney McGruder went over to the Golden State bench and appeared to confront Warriors counterpart Juan Toscano-Anderson. On the live broadcast, Thompson attacked McGruder, saying that he was probably going to be out of the league soon.
Klay clowned Rodney McGruder after the game: “This dude might be out the league soon, he’s probably mad about that” pic.twitter.com/2VqGzqXQ4m
Thompson is out for the season after tearing his right Achilles. He also missed all of last season with a torn left ACL. As for Davis, he has actually been out of the NBA since 2015. But his last stop was with the LA Clippers during an era when Thompson and the Warriors were their big rivals. Davis also has a history of taking petty shots on Instagram.
True, Thompson going after McGruder’s career during an official team broadcast was a bad look. But Davis suggesting that Thompson somehow deserved his back-to-back devastating injuries is an even worse one.
Glen “Big Baby” Davis was known for having some temper tantrums during his years playing in the NBA, but the one he had on Sunday was unlike any we have seen before.
Davis, who is a co-captain for the Power, was ejected early in Sunday’s game against the Trilogy for arguing a foul call. After he was tossed, he proceeded to pump up the crowd, strip down and throw his jersey and shorts to the fans.
Keep in mind this is the same Davis who was once sent to the locker room with security after an argument with his own coach, so you never know what he’s going to do after getting tossed. The fans seemed to love it, and that’s all that really matters.
Glen Big Baby Davis played with both Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul during his NBA career, which makes him somewhat qualified to speak on them as teammates. And Davis has a strong opinion about which one is the better teammate.
Davis said on Instagram that Chris Paul is a “very bad teammate.”
The debate arose after Rondo and Paul got into a fight during Saturday night’s Rockets-Lakers game. Rondo was accused of spitting on CP3, which led to the two trading punches. Both received suspensions for their roles in the fight.
In the aftermath, Rondo defended himself and said Paul was a bad teammate. Davis agrees.
Davis, who played nine seasons in the NBA, spent his first four seasons with Rondo on the Boston Celtics. They were extremely successful at the time, winning a championship in Davis’ rookie season. By comparison, Davis spent the final two seasons of his career with the Clippers and was not very good at the time, so it’s no surprise he did not have a positive impression of playing with CP3 on the Clippers.
Ben DuBose put it in perspective.
On the Glen Davis IG comment regarding Rondo and CP3: Big Baby played two out-of-shape years with LAC at the end of his career, 13 mpg or less, in a role basically mandated by Doc Rivers and one that didn't work to the benefit of the team. I wouldn't use him as a barometer.
Glen “Big Baby” Davis was named a person of interest for his role in a parking lot attack that left a man hospitalized earlier this month, and now the former NBA star is being looked at as a suspect.
TMZ reports that Davis has been named a suspect in the felony assault with a deadly weapon case, as it is believed he attacked a man in a parking lot outside a West Hollywood nightclub on April 8 and slammed him down on the concrete. The victim reportedly suffered multiple broken bones and a broken tooth and needed to be placed on a ventilator.
Several witnesses identified Davis as the attacker after he was supposedly confronted by a man he nearly hit with his vehicle. Police are planning to present the case to the District Attorney in hopes of having felony charges filed, according to TMZ.
Former NBA star Glen Davis is reportedly being investigated for his possible role in a parking lot fight that left a man hospitalized over the weekend.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that witnesses spotted Davis driving erratically in a parking lot outside Factory nightclub in West Hollywood on Sunday. Davis was supposedly confronted by a man he nearly hit with his vehicle, and witnesses say he got out of the car and attacked the man, throwing him to the ground before leaving the scene.
The victim was transported to a nearby hospital and treated for fractures in his face and ribs and a broken tooth. TMZ shared a photo that allegedly showed the man lying in a hospital bed hooked up to several wires.
On Saturday, Davis posted a video to his Instagram account of himself on an airplane sitting next to briefcase full of cash. He urged the public to not believe everything on the internet and said he will have his day in court. Be warned as Davis used some explicit language.