Former Net Chris Gatling pleads guilty to theft and forgery

Former New Jersey Net Chris Gatling pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges. AP Photo.

Former New Jersey Net Chris Gatling pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges. AP Photo.

Former New Jersey Net and NBA All-Star Chris Gatling has plead guilty to charges of theft and forgery after he tried to list a home that he was squatting in for rent on Craigslist, according to an Associated Press report.

Gatling, who made $29.4 million during his NBA career per Basketball Reference, had broken into a key box and was living illegally in an Arizona house for the past year when he apparently decided to put it up for rent. The owners lived in California, but continued to pay electric bills. Gatling listed the four-bedroom house as an “Ex-NBA” home and tried to rent it out at $800 per month. He actually got a down payment from one renter, but a second one called the police.

He initially pleaded not guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court, but changed that plea to guilty this week and will be sentenced on Oct. 4. Otherwise, the trial would have started on Aug. 8.

Gatling made the NBA All-Star team with the Dallas Mavericks in 1997 just before he was traded to the Nets. He played for the Nets from 1997 until 1999. He averaged 19.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per 36 minutes during that time and was eventually traded in part of a three-team deal that landed the Nets Stephon Marbury.

He also practically invented the headband which he wore because he had a steel plate in his head after a fall left him with a blood clot in his head.


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