Sebastian Telfair was supposed to be the next great New York City point guard.
The cousin of Stephon Marbury and also hailing from Coney Island, Telfair was a star at Lincoln High School. He was being recruited by all of the big programs, but against good advice, he declared for the NBA and was selected with the 13th overall pick by the Trailblazers in the 2004 NBA Draft.
But his career never matched the high expectations everyone had for him, and after ten underwhelming seasons, his professional career was over.
During this time, there was a chain snatching incident, an incident where he was pulled over and found with a handgun; he later plead guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and ended up getting three years probation in 2008. Then he attempted to revive his career in China and then ultimately returned to the States for one last stint with the OKC Thunder in 2014.
Then it really went all wrong for Telfair.
In 2017, after being approached by police for being illegally parked in Brooklyn, he was arrested after they found three loaded guns, a submachine gun, ammunition and a ballistic vest in his truck.
BREAKING: @NBA star Sebastian Telfair arrested in BK with semi-automatic gun, loaded guns, loads of ammunition and marijuana, PD sources
On Wednesday, he was found guilty of the charges and is now facing up to 15 years in jail when he’s sentenced on June 18th.
We will keep you updated on the case.