Ex-NBA guard Sebastian Telfair was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for gun possession. Telfair was initially arrested in 2017 after police discovered guns in the auto and another man were parked in illegally.
"This defendant exercised his right to a jury trial and was found guilty of possessing an illegal firearm", Gonzalez said.
He said that he didn't know the guns were in the vehicle because he was going through a divorce at the time and paid movers to put some of his belongings in his truck and transport them up from Florida to NY for him, before he arrived back. "I'm 34. I can go play in China for another six years, take care of my family". Real mental illness because I wasn't around...
'Put a gun in his hand and fight for us n-- ... I got an American Express, ' he added.
New York has among the strictest gun laws in the country, and even though Telfair's guns were reportedly licensed in Florida, that doesn't carry much weight in New York City.
Telfair was once considered a rising star in basketball, and he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2004 with the headline, "Watch Me Now". The guard spent one season in Boston, averaging 6.1 points and 2.8 assists in 78 games. His professional career spanned from 2004-2015, including stops with the Celtics, Timberwolves, Clippers, Suns, Sixers, Raptors and Thunder. He was facing a potential sentence of 15 years behind bars, according to TMZ.