Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Updated: July 11, 10:34 PM ET
Walker will probably move from neighborhood where attack occurred
ESPN.com news services
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- Miami Heat forward Antoine Walker
said Wednesday that he remains shaken after an armed robbery at his
"When your life's threatened, it's obviously going to take some
time to get over it," Walker said in his first public comments
since the robbery. "I'm not Superman."
Walker and a relative were bound at gunpoint while multiple
robbers took a car, cash and jewelry from his residence Monday
"I'm happy that I'm unharmed and safe, and so is my family,"
the three-time NBA All-Star told reporters gathered at his suburban
summer basketball camp.
"The material things that were taken from me can obviously be
replaced," he said.
According to an interview with Walker's mother, Diane, in Tuesday's Chicago Tribune, Walker called his mother after the incident was going on and was hysterical on the phone.
"[It's] devastating for a parent to go through ... to know your child had been treated that way," Diane Walker told The Tribune. "We are just grateful he was not injured, that he is still here. God blesses us every day, every minute of the day."
Authorities have not provided specific details about the robbery. The Tribune, citing an unidentified source, said the assailants entered Walker's $4.1 million home in Chicago's River North neighborhood through the garage, ordered Walker into the house, and held a handgun to his head as his ankles and wrists were bound with duct tape. The intruders reportedly were wearing masks and shielding their eyes.
"He acted as if he knew Antoine and was talking to him about knowing the consequences of the robbery," the source told the newspaper. Walker was able to free himself from the tape after the robbery.
The source also told The Tribune that Walker, a Chicago native, has been packing his belongings.
"He's gone, baby," the source said.
Walker said he probably would move out of the plush River North
neighborhood where the attack occurred, but not out of Chicago.
According to The Tribune, Walker's neighborhood includes multimillion-dollar residences owned by the likes of actor Vince Vaughn and Juanita Jordan, the ex-wife of Michael Jordan. High-tech security equipment, as well as regular Chicago police patrols, protect the area, the newspaper said.
The vehicle taken in the robbery was found, abandoned, in
Chicago on Tuesday morning.
Three policemen, who arrived at the home to investigate in the early afternoon, declined to comment for The Tribune, as did several of Walker's associates.
Police have not announced any arrests in the case.
In July 2000, Walker -- then a Boston Celtic -- was the victim of
an armed robbery along with NBA center Nazr Mohammed as they sat in
a vehicle waiting for a restaurant to open on Chicago's South Side.
Police said at the time that three men approached and demanded cash
and valuables, which included a $55,000 wristwatch.
Walker averaged 8.5 points with Miami this past season and was a
key part of the Heat's run to the NBA championship the year before.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.