Former NBA Player Accused Of Squatting
Former NBA player Chris Gatling has been living rent free for a year.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Unfortunately for Gatling, it was in someone else’s house.
Somehow, Gatling got the keys to the house and lived in it for an extended period of time. If that deal wasn;t sweet enough for him, Gatling then tried to rent the space for $800 a month. From the Arizona Republic:
Chris Gatling is accused of breaking into a key box and living in the home from July 2010 to August 2011. A police report says the homeowners lived in California but had left the power on.
A local TV station reports that he later listed the four-bedroom house for rent for $800 and called it an “Ex-NBA” home online.
Court records say that Gatling got a down payment from one potential renter but that another got suspicious and contacted police.
Gatling’s attorney, Michael Alarid, said the case is a “misunderstanding.”
According to a Phoenix TV station:
"Gatling has also been accused of forging personal checks from his ex-girlfriend and "funneling the money through College Bound All-Stars, a traveling youth basketball league that Gatling managed and operated,"
According to court records, the retired NBA star is facing an several criminal charges which include theft, forgery and stealing someone’s identity.
A lot has changed for Gatling since 1997 when he averaged 19.1 ppg and was an NBA All-Star. The "Energizer" as he used to be know was a spark plug who could come off the bench and score points immediately.
Gatling played for eight teams during his 11 year NBA career.