WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw is being charged with aggravated assault, criminal damage and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The charges stem from her involvement in a shooting in Atlanta during November.
Holdsclaw was arrested after she had an argument with Tulsa Shock player Jennifer Lacy. Holdsclaw allegedly broke the windows of Lacy's car and shot at it. There were no injuries. Lacy, 29, told police she was Holdsclaw's ex-girlfriend. The two women were teammates on the Atlanta Dream in 2009.
After appearing in court in November, Holdsclaw's attorneys said they were trying to resolve the case, reports ESPN. “They are still friends and we expect the alleged victim to support a proper resolution of this,” said Edward Garland. “In no way did she use the gun to threaten or assault the alleged victim, or do so with a baseball bat.”
Garland admitted that Holdsclaw caused damage to Lacy's car. However, he said his client never intended to hurt her.
“Sometimes charges get made that exceed the scope of the actual events,” Garland said. Holdsclaw will try to resolve the case without going to trial. If she does go to trial and is convicted on all counts, she faces 65 years in prison. She is out on $100,000 bond. A court date has not been scheduled.
Holdsclaw was a phenomenal college athlete. She led the University of Tennessee to three consecutive national championships from 1996-98. She had 3,025 career points at Tennessee and is still the Southeastern Conference's career scoring leader. During the course of her pro career in the WNBA she has been an All-Star selection six times. She was also on the U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in the 2000 Games.
Holdsclaw has had a long battle with clinical depression. Her condition resulted in a 2006 suicide attempt while she was a member of the Los Angeles Sparks.