Ex-Michigan State PG Keith Appling Arrested for Possession of Heroin

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2020

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30:  Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans reacts against the Connecticut Huskies during the East Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Former Michigan State star Keith Appling was arrested Feb. 8 and charged with delivery or manufacture of less than 50 grams of a controlled substance and driving without a license, according to the Detroit Free Press' Darcie Moran on Saturday.

Authorities pulled Appling over in Warren, Michigan, after he was allegedly driving erratically and discovered a "golf ball-sized amount of heroin" in his car.

Appling was arrested in August 2016, his third arrest that year, after being pulled over and briefly evading police. He was sentenced to a year in jail in August 2017 for carrying a concealed weapon and resisting police.

According to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com), the 28-year-old was on parole at the time of his most recent arrest. He will hire a lawyer and is due in court Feb. 25.

Appling spent four years at Michigan State and helped the Spartans reach the Elite Eight of the 2014 NCAA tournament. After going undrafted, he played two seasons in the NBA G League and made five appearances for the Orlando Magic in 2015-16.

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