May 12, 2009

Say It Ain't So, Pooh!

Pooh Richardson, the first player ever drafted by the Timberwolves, is improbably back in the news:

Former NBA point guard Jerome "Pooh" Richardson, a Philadelphia high school standout and a star at UCLA, is now a central figure in an obstruction-of-justice investigation built around a phone call he made to a local drug kingpin warning him that he was about to be arrested.

Richardson, 42, called Alton "Ace Capone" Coles from California shortly before 3 a.m. on Aug. 10, 2005, to tell him that "the feds were coming," according to those familiar with the probe.

I certainly did not see that one coming.

Also, though it may have since been changed, the Inquirer is guilty of a "misidentified black man" violation: the man pictured is not in fact Pooh but rather another ex-Wolf, the late Malik Sealy.

Posted by Stephen Silver at May 12, 2009 03:25 PM

Let me get this straight. You are surprised that an NBA player is caught up in illegal drugs?

Posted by: Jeff S at May 13, 2009 03:47 PM

I think he's just surprised that Pooh Richardson made the news again in any fashion!

Posted by: Jeremy at May 13, 2009 05:25 PM