07.10.07

Ant(oin)e Up: Heat’s Walker Yapped, Not Kidnapped in Chicago

Posted in Basketball, The Law at 1:26 pm by

Boston, twice. Dallas. Atlanta. Miami. Antoine Walker has been around the NBA, but he has long proclaimed that he’s never moving out of his hometown and off-season home of Chicago. Which is cool — it’s a fine city, filled with nice people — but apparently the city of Chicago is trying to send ‘Toine a message. It starts with “pass,” but for once it does not end with “the damn ball.” Something more in the line of “over your valuables.” Peter Segall, Chicago resident and most likely not involved in this particular crime, sends over the story from the Chicago Tribune.


Miami Heat basketball player Antoine Walker was robbed at gunpoint in his Chicago home Monday evening, the player’s agent said. It was the second time the NBA forward has been robbed in his hometown in the past several years.

Three people were in the house at the time of the robbery and a vehicle, cash and jewelry were taken, said Officer John Mirabelli. There were no injuries. Belmont Area detectives are investigating. Police do not have any suspects in custody.

Walker’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed the incident took place but said he could not give specific details.

“He’s OK,” Bartelstein told The Associated Press. “There was a robbery. It’s a scary thing. It’s a terrible thing. He’s trying to get himself back together. Police are there and he’s getting it taken care of.”

In July 2000, Walker, then playing for the Boston Celtics, along with NBA player Nazr Mohammed, were among five victims robbed at gunpoint of cash and a $55,000 watch outside Eppels Restaurant at 554 W. Roosevelt Rd., police said. No injuries were reported in that robbery, police said. The diamond and platinum Cartier watch was owned by Walker, a police spokesman said at the time.

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