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Former Pro Basketballer Arrested for Traveling

3/29/2008 12:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Isaiah Rider was busted last night for grand theft auto.

Police sources say Rider, who played the for the Timberwolves and the Lakers, was driving through skid row in L.A. at 2:30 this morning when he failed to stop at the limit line at an intersection -- you would think the guy would know something about the whole out of bounds thing.

Anywho, cops ran the plates and found the 2001 Chevy Monte Carlo was hot, so the LAPD popped him for grand theft auto (and crossing a limit line) and he was booked on $25,000 bail.

BTdubs, Rider was arrested earlier this month for possession of narcotics and evading a cop.

In 2006, he was also busted for kidnapping. He pled guilty to lesser charges, including felony cocaine possession. He was sentenced to seven months in jail and was placed on three years probation. Alley-oops.

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BBROWN    

Damn Iwas sokin with him in LA at the All Star game a few years back, Damn he fell off.....

2297 days ago
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BBROWN    

I mean smoking.....

2297 days ago
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Rosalie who?    

Ok, this is becoming way to typical in professional sports. Convict them, put them in jail, take away their contracts PERMANENTLY! Letting them off with a slap on the wrist doesn't seem to help... put him under the jail and take away his chances of ever playin ball again.

2297 days ago
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Area 51    

This guy used to be an excellent player. Ten years ago he was making around $5 million for a couple of seasons, and made over $26 million for his career. In my blue-collar world, such money would mean a lifetime of luxury. I can't muster much sympathy for celebrities and ex-athletes who throw away their riches on incredibly misguided and immature lifestyle choices.

2297 days ago
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Tonelo    

Can u say CRACKHEAD ????????????????

2297 days ago
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PAPI'DINGO    

VERY UNFORUNATE..

2297 days ago
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Liz    

The operative word here is "FORMER" NBA player. Put his butt in prison for a while.

2297 days ago
8.

Denise    

Another celeb with another drug problem, what's new???

2297 days ago
9.

NUMbnuts    

WHAT UP WITH THESE NUMBSKULLS WHO MAKE MILLION$$ DURING THEIR CAREER AND HAVE TO FALL BACK ON

CAR THEFT AND DRUG DEALING TO MAKE ENDS MEET...

GIVE EM THE GAS PIPE AND PUT EM OUT OF THEIR MISERY!!!

2297 days ago
10.

Democrats are evil    

If anybody remembers Rider when he played for the T-Wolves or the Lakers, You will remember that he would get into trouble from time to time and was considered a loose cannon. Funny how opportunity and money never changes one's true colors. Raised to be stupid, destined to always be stupid. You would think these idiots would learn but sadly, history says they don't. Look out Alan Iverson. There is a jail cell somewhere with your name on it.

2297 days ago
11.

Standards are badly needed.    

Brutha's got it goin' on. Not. Just another greedy dude who already has gifts, lookin' for somethin for nothin'?

2297 days ago
12.

Lenn K.    

For most of us basketball fans, we knew JR Rider and knew this his future. He never really cared about doing the right things in basketball and life. He will either be in prison or dead at the rate he's going, and that's sad for a person who had so much and just piss it away!!!

2297 days ago
13.

frogs and gravel    

Is it genetics? Why do athletes with lots of cash feel the
need to break the law for no reason. I guess if you are broke
and addicted to drugs I can see committing a crime to support
your habit, even then it is not much of a legitimate reason.

2297 days ago
14.

David in Bangkok    

A wise man once told me, "it's no fun being one unless you can act like one".

2297 days ago
15.

SAxlerod    

One word, Idiot!

2297 days ago
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