Out of Bounds: Inside the NBA's Culture of Rape, Violence, by Jeff Benedict

By Jeff Benedict

Out of Bounds: contained in the NBA's tradition of Rape, Violence, and Crime is a searing indictment basketball gamers who dwell in a global the place felony legislation and social norms don't exist, an international the place they're given license to behave above the law.

On the courtroom, they dazzle us with their staggering actual feats. They generate thousands of greenbacks of profit for the NBA and their groups. They encourage adulation. yet beneath all of the glitz, the cash, and alley-oops is a seamy underbelly, a rash of lawlessness that's gripping the NBA.

Based on a first-of-its-kind research into the legal histories of 177 NBA gamers from the 2001–2002 season, Out of Bounds exhibits that an alarming 4 out of each ten NBA avid gamers have a police list related to a major crime. they're All-Stars and they're journeymen, taken with crimes starting from armed theft to family violence to gun ownership to rape.

Out of Bounds takes a difficult examine surprising situations, with picture money owed of actual and sexual violence and different outrageous behavior by means of gamers. In all, greater than 250 everyone is named, together with many well known NBA gamers. It exposes the surroundings and tradition that encourages such legal habit. It additionally explains the original demanding situations those circumstances pose for law-enforcement companies and prosecutors. And Out of Bounds takes readers contained in the hidden but severely very important position that attorneys, brokers, and reputation play in insulating criminally accused avid gamers from accountability.

Author Jeff Benedict, knowledgeable on athletes and crime, attracts his conclusions from exhaustive learn. as well as his criminal-background exams, the writer retrieved records from law-enforcement firms, courts, and personal legal professionals. He performed greater than four hundred interviews with law enforcement officials, prosecutors, protection legal professionals, avid gamers, brokers, sufferers, witnesses, and coaches. What emerges is a worrying and appalling photograph of fellows who reside above the legislation.

A seminal and critical paintings, Out of Bounds will eternally swap how we glance on the NBA and its stars' lives of extra and privilege.

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I’ve been looking at you for so long,” he said, reaching around her, trying to touch her breasts and her pubic area. “No, Ruben. ” “You know you want it,” he said, assuring her he had a condom. “No,” she told him. ” The more he tried to touch her intimate parts the more she squirmed and tried to get away. But she had no chance. Ruben is six-five and weighs 225 pounds. She is five-eight and weighs 130 pounds. He grabbed her by the upper arms again, squeezed her tight, and lifted her off the ground.

And she attended some social events where Sonics players were present. But her love for the job centered on her relationship with Shannon and the children. She and Shannon had become close friends, and the children regarded Jenny as a surrogate mother. When Jenny did overnights on a regular basis during the season, the baby sometimes slept with Jenny in her bed. Her interaction with Ruben was more limited. He was often on the road or occupied with basketball and his friends. After the season, however, she saw a lot more of him.

Arizona judge Paul Simon ruled that by entering an airport security checkpoint, Stoudamire consented to an administrative search of his person and his carry-on items. ” As this book went to press, prosecutors in Washington were preparing to take action against Stoudamire for violating his probation. And authorities in Arizona were preparing to prosecute him in connection with the airport arrest, for which the Blazers 26 OUT OF BOUNDS fined Stoudamire $250,000. But the team later decided that he didn’t have to pay the fine; instead, he donated $100,000 to a Portland-area child-education program.

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