Former Chicago Bulls player Orlando Woolridge, 52, was arrested for stealing aluminum tubing at a drill site in DeSoto Parish in his home state of Louisiana reports, the Chicago Tribune.
According to police, who reported the arrest Wednesday, the 6’9″ former NBA sensational dunker was cuffed on February 24 and then released after posting a $2,000 bail. The stolen piping was valued at $1,500.
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Beginning in 1981, Woolridge played for the Bulls for five seasons. During 1984-85, Woolridge, who averaged 22.9 points a game, was paired with then-rookie Michael Jordan and was deemed unstoppable on the courts. After he played for the Bulls, Woolridge moved on to the New Jersey Nets, and during the 1986-87 season, his high-scoring average dropped. The following season, the baller found himself suspended for being in violation of the league’s strict substance abuse policy.
In 1988, the towering forward admitted to a drug dependency on cocaine. He had scheduled games at the time and missed two, which raised a red flag for NBA. When a player disappears without notice, the league automatically investigates the situation. Woolridge, who was 28 years old at the time, had inked a multi-year contract for $500,000 as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers and voluntarily admitted himself to a drug-treatment facility just a few months before to get help for his out-of-control drug habit.
After retiring from the NBA in 1994, Woolridge went on to coach female players in the WNBA, the Los Angeles Sparks from 1998-99. He now coaches the Arizona Rhinos of the American Basketball Association whose motto it is to “bring integrity and tradition back to the court with on-and-off court policies that mirror Christian values.”
Hmmm…wonder how his team will take this latest fall from grace?
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