Keith Appling Arrested for Carrying Loaded Assault Rifle at Strip Club

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Orlando Magic guard Keith Appling (15) moves the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. Orlando won in overtime 95-92. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Former Michigan State Spartan and Orlando Magic guard Keith Appling was reportedly arrested on May 1.

Justin Rose of WXYZ in Detroit cited sources on Monday who said Appling "was arrested over the weekend in Dearborn at a strip club with a loaded AK-47."

Tara Edwards of WXYZ.com confirmed the arrest, noting "it is not clear what Appling was allegedly planning to do with the weapon."

On Wednesday, Appling was charged with "carrying a concealed weapon, possessing a loaded firearm in/upon a vehicle and possession of marijuana," per Chris Solari of the Lansing State Journal.

The player's agent, Ronald Shade, said he hadn't heard from his client since the reported arrest, telling Oralandar Brand-Williams of the Detroit News: "The last time I heard, he was traveling from L.A. with his daughter back to Detroit to start working out. So that's all I know at this point."

The 6'1" guard played in five games for the Magic during the 2015-16 season, which is the only regular-season action he has seen in his NBA career. He averaged 1.2 points, 0.2 assists, 0.2 rebounds and 0.2 steals per contest and was largely a nonfactor for Orlando.

Appling is more notable for his collegiate career with the Spartans. He played all four years under head coach Tom Izzo and averaged 11-plus points per game in each of his last three seasons. Michigan State reached the Elite Eight in his senior year, where it lost to the Connecticut Huskies.

According to Edwards, Appling appeared in 35 games for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League during the 2015-16 campaign. The BayHawks are the Magic's D-League affiliate.  

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