WNBA Star Chamique Holdsclaw Arrested for Allegedly Damaging Ex-Girlfriend's Car
Atlanta police are looking for former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw after she allegedly smashed the windows of her ex-girlfriend's Range Rover with a baseball bat and then began firing shots into the car, according to Joel Provano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The car allegedly belonged to Jennifer Lacy of the Tulsa Shock, Holdsclaw's former girlfriend.
UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 15 at 9:22 p.m. ET
Holdsclaw has been arrested after allegedly shooting Lacy's car, according to TMZ Sports:
WNBA Superstar Chamique Holdsclaw -- ARRESTED After Allegedly Shooting Ex-GF's Car tmz.me/ZDTpeu— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) November 16, 2012
She reportedly turned herself in and is being held on $10,000 bail, per TMZ.com.
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A six-time WNBA All-Star and two-time Naismith Award winner, Holdsclaw has a history of depression and even attempted suicide at one point (h/t The Washington Post). She played her last season in 2010 with the San Antonio Silver Stars.
Holdsclaw was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 WNBA draft after leading Tennessee to three straight national championships. The Queens native averaged 16.9 points and 7.9 rebounds in her first year in the WNBA, winning the WNBA Rookie of the Year award, and was the league's scoring champion in 2002, as well as the league's rebounding champion in 2002 and 2003.
Her autobiography, "Breaking Through: Beating the Odds Shot after Shot," "describes her childhood in the housing projects of Queens, N.Y., and her battle with depression early in her professional career," according to Provano's report.
Now that she's not playing basketball, Holdsclaw spends her time serving as a spokeswoman for Active Minds, which is an organization that "empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking," according to its official website (via Provano).
This is just another example of a former athlete struggling after leaving the sport that she loves. For some, having too much free time on their hands is not a good thing, and it's hard for them to lead a healthy and productive life outside of their sport.
We can only hope that Holdsclaw overcomes her inner battles and stays out of trouble moving forward.
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