Ex-NBA player Sebastian Telfair arrested on gun charges

The 32-year-old was arrested with another man, Jami Thomas, 18, in Bed-Stuy around 2:50am with a bulletproof vest and small arsenal of weapons during a routine traffic stop, police told the New York Post.

Upon pulling over the vehicle, police found a burning marijuana cigarette inside, police said. As the officers approached the auto, they smelled marijuana and the vehicle began to drive away. After spotting marijuana in the auto, guns additionally were found following a subsequent search.

Telfair and another friend were arrested in 2007 after a traffic stop when police found a loaded handgun in the vehicle.

The pair were arraigned Sunday night.

He is a cousin of former Knicks star Stephon Marbury.




This is Telfair's second gun-related arrest in New York City. Telfair struggled to find consistent success in the National Basketball Association, though, playing for eight different teams in his 10 National Basketball Association seasons.

Telfair made the jump from Abraham Lincoln High School in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn straight to the NBA in 2004 as one of the country's most-prized national point guard recruits.

He went on to play for the Boston Celtics, LA Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Minnesota Timberwolves. His career ended after a failed stint in China in 2014.

Thomas was hit with drug and gun charges as well.

The arrest is not the fist time Telfair has had run-ins with law enforcement. In that instance, Telfair received three years' probation after pleading guilty to criminal possession of a weapon.

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