Former Suns PG Sebastian Telfair sentenced to 3 years in jail

Sebastian Telfair and Tyler Hansbrough

Former Portland Trailblazer player Sebastian Telfair will have a few years to think about what he did after he received a 3-year sentence for driving around Brooklyn with a loaded gun. Telfair was initially arrested in 2017 after police discovered guns in the vehicle and another man were parked in illegally.

At his hearing Monday in Brooklyn Supreme Court, a reportedly agitated Telfair said: "Please don't take me from the society right now".

"This defendant exercised his right to a jury trial and was found guilty of possessing an illegal firearm", District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said.

The hometown hero originally from Brooklyn made his National Basketball Association dreams come true in 2004 when the Portland Trailblazers selected him with their 13th overall pick in the first round of that year's National Basketball Association draft. That pair was "about to rule the world", the magazine blared.

Telfair said he did not know the guns were in his vehicle as he was in the process of moving to NY while he was going through a divorce.

In 2004, Telfair was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and over the next two years his experiences inspired a book and a documentary. His professional career spanned from 2004-2015, including stops with the Celtics, Timberwolves, Clippers, Suns, Sixers, Raptors and Thunder.

Retired NBA point guard Sebastian Telfair, 34, started shouting and crying once the verdict was announced. "It was a bad move all around".

On Monday, he complained in court that he was being penalized too harshly for a "victimless crime". I don't think the people disagree. the judgement in this case sir, is what the jury convicted you of.

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