Telfair’s days in Boston reportedly numbered
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Sebastian Telfair may be on his way out in
Boston, according to a story in Tuesday’s Boston Globe.
The Globe reports Telfair was stopped for speeding on the Bronx River Parkway
around 4 a.m. on Friday, and was driving 77 miles per hour in a 45 m.p.h.
zone, according to Westchester County police. Telfair was driving with a
suspended license, and police found a loaded semiautomatic handgun under the
front passenger seat. Telfair and his passenger were arrested and charged with
felony second-degree possession of a weapon, according to the Globe.
The incident apparently was the last straw for the Celtics, as managing
partner Wyc Grousbeck sent an e-mail to Globe reporters inferring that the
three-year pro has played his last game in Celtic green.
The e-mail stated that Telfair’s nameplate had been removed from his locker,
and that, though the gun case in New York is still under investigation, the
team does not expect that it will have to put the nameplate back at any point.
This latest incident is just another in a list of troubles for the former
Coney Island star, who was drafted 13th overall in the 2004 NBA Draft by the
Portland Trail Blazers out of Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn.
Telfair spent two unimpressive seasons in Portland, and was fined by the team
in February of last year after a loaded gun registered to his girlfriend was
found in the team’s charter plane.
The six-foot guard averaged 6.1 points and 2.8 assists for the Celtics last
season, just below his career averages of 7.4 points and 3.2 assists per game.
NBA commissioner David Stern commented on Telfair’s impending release in
Toronto, at Game 2 of the Raptors-Nets playoff series.
“I don’t know if I should comment too much other then it’s fair to say that if
the charges were to be true it wouldn’t make me too proud to have someone I
know speeding without a license and with a gun in the trunk, said Stern. “But
I don’t know what the ultimate decision will be, however, our players do have
an obligation to conduct themselves in a way that demonstrates the appropriate
respect for the game.”