Ex-NBA player Sebastian Telfair arrested on gun charges

Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair has been arrested on weapons and marijuana-related charges during a traffic stop in Brooklyn. Police allegedly also found two bags of marijuana in their 2017 Ford F-150 pickup.

The 32-year-old was arrested with another man, Jami Thomas, 18, in Bed-Stuy around 2:50am with a bulletproof vest and small arsenal of weapons during a routine traffic stop, police told the New York Post. Police who pulled them over smelled marijuana and saw a lit "blunt" on the dashboard, police said. It wasn't clear whether they had attorneys.

Telfair, a Brooklyn native, was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2004. The remainder of his National Basketball Association career would feature two years in Minnesota, one split between the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers, one more with Minnesota, two with the Phoenix Suns, one half year with the Toronto Raptors, and his final with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2014-15. Both Telfair and his friend said they didn't know how the gun got there. Telfair previously plead guilty in 2008 to criminal possession of a handgun after a 2007 traffic stop revealed a.45 caliber handgun in Telfair's auto.

Telfair had been speeding on the Bronx River Parkway and driving with a suspended license.

According to PIX11 News, Telfair was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of a ballistic vest, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of ammunition. Police found a.45 caliber handgun under the passenger seat.

Telfair was to be arraigned tonight (June 11) in Brooklyn.

  • Julie Sanders