Sebastian Telfair, 34, started shouting and crying in a Brooklyn courtroom on Monday after the judge handed down his years-long prison sentence
He said, ‘Please don’t take me from society right now,’ and told the court he is being convicted of a victimless crime
Officers pulled over Telfair in the early morning on June 11, 2017 after they said Telfair failed to turn his headlights on
They arrested Telfair and his passenger after smelling weed in their pickup truck
The officers searched the vehicle and found three loaded handguns, a submachine gun, extended magazines, ammunition and a ballistic vest
Telfair said he had a Florida license to carry the guns, but didn’t have a license too carry them in New York
A first-round pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, Telfair is the cousin of former All-Star point guard Stephon Marbury
A former NBA player had an emotional meltdown in a Brooklyn, New York courtroom on Monday after a judge sentenced him to more than three years in prison on gun possession charges.
Retired NBA point guard Sebastian Telfair, 34, started shouting and crying once the verdict was announced.
Officers had found three loaded handguns, a gas-powered submachine gun, extended magazines, ammunition and a ballistic vest in his vehicle during a traffic stop in 2017.
Telfair told the court that he’s being convicted of a ‘victimless crime’.
‘Please don’t take me from society right now,’ Telfair told the court. ‘I am 34. I can go play in China for six years and take care of my family. I’m waiting for my daughter right now to get her period. Real mental illness because I wasn’t around… She hasn’t even gotten her period yet.’
‘Put a gun in his hand and fight for us n—- … I go to the gun store. I got an American Express,’ he added.
The journeyman athlete played for nine NBA teams and three teams in China over the course of his 13 year pro-basketball career.
He was driving a Ford F-150 with a friend around 2.50am on June 11, 2017 when police said they pulled over the duo because their truck’s headlights weren’t on.
The officers said they smelled burning marijuana inside the car, prompting them to order the passengers out and arrest them before searching the vehicle.
Telfair said he had a Florida concealed carry license for the weapons, but he did not have a license to carry the guns in New York.
He said that he didn’t know the guns were in the car because he was going through a divorce at the time and paid movers to put some of his belongings in his truck and transport them up from Florida to New York for him, before he arrived back.
Telfair questioned whether officers lied about smelling marijuana in his truck. He said the drugs weren’t his and also accused his friend of lying about them.
An internal affairs investigation determined the officers who arrested Telfair were telling the truth about the weed, which gave them probable cause to search Telfair’s vehicle.
Telfair, the cousin of former All-Star Stephon Marbury, played 10 NBA seasons with nine different teams from 2004 to 2013, including the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors.
The Brooklyn native made his NBA dreams come true in 2004 when the Portland Trailblazers selected him with their 13th overall pick in the first round of that year’s NBA draft.
Telfair has also played three seasons for pro basketball teams in China, where his cousin, Marbury, finished his professional career.