Remember when Isaiah Rider used to be one of the most talented up-and-comers in the Association? Well, those days are long, long gone and nowadays Rider spends a lot more of his time behind bars instead of dribbling balls. Trouble has followed this guy for over a decade now, but it is still a surprise to see a star fall this far, this fast. His latest transgression involves a stolen car, $25,000 bail and a court date next month.
Officer Norma Eisenman said Rider was driving a car that failed to stop at an intersection in the city’s (Los Angeles) Skid Row district. Officers checking the license plates discovered the car had been reported stolen from South Los Angeles, police said. Rider was arrested and the car was impounded.
Rider played at UNLV before starting his pro career in 1993. He played with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets before ending his career in 2001.
Rider had a string of arrests during and after his career for drug use, assault and other crimes. He also racked up large fines and suspensions during his career for offenses that ranged from being tardy to practice to spitting at fans.
In January, Berkeley police answering a report of a confrontation between a taxi driver and a passenger arrested Rider on Oakland warrants alleging unlawful firearm possession and grand theft. Last year, he pleaded guilty in Marin County to several charges, including felony cocaine possession, battery and evading a police officer.
From flying high to getting high and ridin’ dirty: what a long strange trip it’s been!
[SI.com]: Ex-NBA player Isaiah Rider released after arrest for investigation of auto theft