Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Former NBA star Vin Baker arrested on alcohol charge
NORWICH, Conn. -- Former NBA All-Star Vin Baker, whose
14-year career was marred by bouts of depression and alcoholism,
was charged early Tuesday with drunken driving after leaving a
The 35-year-old Baker was spotted driving erratically after
leaving Foxwoods Resort Casino, according to a state police report.
He failed a sobriety test and was charged with driving while
State police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance described Baker's
demeanor as cooperative.
Baker's agent, Charles Grantham, said he hasn't talked to his
client and declined comment.
A four-time All-Star forward who attended the University of
Hartford, Baker averaged 15.0 points and 7.4 rebounds in the NBA.
The 6-foot-11 forward was a member of the gold medal-winning
Olympic team in 2000 and enjoyed his best seasons with Milwaukee
Baker's alcoholism forced the Boston Celtics to cut him midway
through the 2003-04 season. He later admitted drinking in his hotel
room after playing poorly and showing up to practice with alcohol
on his breath.
He also played for New York, Houston and the Los Angeles
Clippers before being released by Minnesota six games into the
Baker was released on $500 bond and was due in court June 26.