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Sunday, September 5, 2004
White played for Nuggets past two seasons

Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Three men, including NBA free agent Rodney White, face weapons charges after a uniformed Secret Service officer allegedly saw them randomly shooting in the air early Sunday morning while driving on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway.

Rodney White

Authorities identified the men as Rodney Charles White, 24, of Denver, Anthony O. Butler, Jr., 21, of Detroit and Kyle A. Doman, 25, of Bowie, Md.

A Denver Nuggets spokesman confirmed Sunday that White played for the team the past two seasons. He also spent a season with the Detroit Pistons.

Police pulled the sports utility vehicle over at 24th Street and Connecticut Avenue in the northwest section of the city. Three men were inside the SUV, along with an unspecified number of guns and a knife, Secret Service spokesman Tom Mazur said.

Each was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm -- a felony. They also were charged with five misdemeanors: carrying a pistol without a license; possession of an unregistered firearm; possession of unregistered ammunition; possession of fireworks and possession of a prohibited weapon, which Mazur identified as a knife.

No one was injured, Mazur said.

Channing Phillips, a spokesman with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, said the men would be held in police custody until an initial court appearance Monday morning in D.C. Superior Court.