Ex-NBA guard Telfair sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison

Ex-NBA guard Telfair sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison

Telfair was initially arrested in 2017 after police discovered guns in the auto and another man were parked in illegally.

Former NBA point guard Sebastian Telfair was reportedly sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Monday, stemming from a 2017 illegal firearm possession. Firearms and marijuana were recovered by police from Telfair's vehicle during a traffic stop.

The New York Post reported that Telfair had an emotional outburst in court after the sentence was announced. "I'm 34. I can go play in China for another six years, take care of my family".

Telfair entered the National Basketball Association straight out of Lincoln High School in 2004 as the 13th overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers. As an undersized point guard in the pros, he stuck around for 10 years but struggled to make a major impact, averaging 7.4 points, 3.5 assists and 1.6 rebounds. That pair was "about to rule the world", the magazine blared.

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Telfair was traded to the Celtics from the Portland Trail Blazers on June 28, 2006. Out of high school, Telfair was heralded as one of the most promising young players in the game, and was even featured on the cover of SLAM Magazine alongside LeBron James.

The 33-year-old was sentenced to three and a half years after a Brooklyn jury found him guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in April, prosecutors said. "It was a bad move all around".

Telfair also told the court that he's being convicted of a "victimless crime". "You've achieved greatness in your life, and this case doesn't take that away".

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