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According to KTRK-TV in Houston, Texas , Former NBA All-Star Steve Francis has been charged with felony retaliation after prosecutors say he threatened to assault a Houston-area deputy during a traffic stop.
According to KTRK-TV, authorities in Manatee County, Fla., issued a warrant for Francis’s arrest on a burglary charge after hearing about his Texas DUI.
KTRK reports that Francis posted bond on his drunken-driving charge but is now back in Houston police custody because of the Florida charge, which stems from a June incident outside a restaurant in Bradenton.
TMZ has obtained the police report from the Florida incident, in which Francis allegedly asked a bartender at the Cortez Clam Factory for a flashlight on the evening of June 15. Police say he then ransacked a BMW parked outside the restaurant and took $7,252 worth of jewelry, makeup and cash from the car. Francis also, police say, showed up at the station two days later with a clear plastic bag full of the goods and said: “I just robbed somebody. Take me to jail. I’m turning myself in.” He left the station without being charged.
Francis, 39, was pulled over by police in Houston late Saturday night for going 88 mph in a 65-mph zone. Police say Francis smelled of alcohol, refused a sobriety test and was verbally abusive, drawing a felony retaliation charge for threatening a public servant, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The 2000 rookie of the year and three-time all-star played nine NBA seasons after his one standout year at Maryland, last appearing for the Houston Rockets in 2007-08. He averaged 18.1 points, six assists and 5.6 rebounds per game.
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