Ex-Boston Celtic Sebastian Telfair Sentenced To 3.5 Years In Prison

Ross Houston
August 13, 2019

Former Portland Trailblazer player Sebastian Telfair will have a few years to think about what he did after he received a 3-year sentence for driving around Brooklyn with a loaded gun.

The now-34-year-old was arrested in 2017 after police found three loaded handguns, a semi-automatic rifle, ammunition, a bulletproof vest and marijuana in his truck during a traffic stop in Brooklyn, N.Y. Real mental illness because I wasn't around...

"Put a gun in his hand and fight for us n-a".


Telfair, 34, was arrested in NY in 2017 after being pulled over in his vehicle, at which point, police said, they found a cache of firearms and ammunition. I got an American Express, " Telfair said at Monday's hearing.

Telfair said he had a Florida concealed carry license for the weapons, but he did not have a license to carry the guns in NY.

Telfair was one of the most highly touted high school recruits in the nation, but he forewent his college eligibility to declare for the 2004 NBA Draft.


On Monday, he complained in court that he was being penalized too harshly for a "victimless crime". He never lived up to the hype in the pros, but did play a decade in the National Basketball Association for eight different teams, finishing with career averages of 7.4 points and 3.5 assists per game. He spent time with the Celtics, Timberwolves, Clippers, Cavaliers, Suns and Raptors.

Of the 2007 arrest, which led to a sentence of three years' probation, Telfair told Sports Illustrated in 2013 that he had the gun for "no particular reason or particular situation", adding: "Just having it, being dumb".


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