A former NBA player named Shawn Kemp has created ripples on the internet after being arrested. Apparently, Kemp was involved in a drive-by shooting and was later charged and arrested. The usage of guns is clearly growing into a large problem as we have seen with Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant.
In any case, Shawn Kemp is in a world of trouble despite his NBA career ending all the way back in 2003. Fans must certainly want to know what the Seattle Supersonics legend is saying happened and more context to the situation. Therefore, we should take a closer look at the incident.
When did Shawn Kemp retire?
Prior to this event, Kemp had been arrested on multiple counts of drug possession. Although that was many years ago, 2005 to be exact, it makes one question the components of his character. Especially, considering he was into hard drugs like cocaine.
As an NBA player, Shawn Kemp was undoubtedly a good one. Throughout his 14-year NBA career, which ended in 2003, he averaged 14.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists. These are quite impressive numbers and he made the All-Star team 6 times as a result of this. He did so between 1992 and 1998. Unfortunately, his team was never able to win an NBA title.
Coming back to the issue at hand, Kemp was arrested and booked at Pierce County Jail in connection with a shooting near Tacoma Mall. To those who do not know, that is a locality in Washington DC. The NBA legend claimed that the only reason the shooting went down was that he was acting in self-defense.
When questioned further, he revealed what went down, or at least his narrative of the events. Apparently, someone had stolen an iPhone from Kemp’s car. As fans will know, these gadgets usually come with advanced tracking features in order to help the owner locate them.
Therefore, Kemp simply tracked the location of his iPhone to Tacoma Mall. He tracked it to a car and was about to approach when the man inside it decide to pull out a gun and start firing. As a result of this, he had no choice but to fire back in order to defend himself.
Since Shawn Kemp is 53 years old, it must have been quite easy for the authorities to arrest him, as opposed to the suspect in the vehicle. The case is still ongoing and it is unclear whether Kemp will be punished.
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