Although the NBA has consistently been labeled a thug league - despite the NFL having a clear lock on that title - not many basketball players have gotten in a lot of trouble lately.
Until this weekend of course. DerMarr Johnson of the Nuggets was tasered by police early Saturday morning for allegedly resisting arrest.
According to his lawyer, he was trying to break up a fight between two women who were also arrested. Yes, of course. That sounds right.
I like the names of the girls who were arrested as well - Emerald Thomas and Nephatearia Jenkins - they definitely sound like classy ladies. By the way, I've never heard of a name as confusing to pronounce as Nephatearia.
Obviously this incident isn't even close to a Pacman Jones or a Tank Johnson. But this story appealed to us because about 8 or 9 years ago Johnson was featured in an article in SLAM magazine during the early years of the whole high schoolers leaping to the NBA thing. Anyway, the article said Johnson could have made the jump after his junior year, he was that good.
It's just interesting how these things turn out sometimes. I realize Johnson was in a serious car accident a few years back that seriously impacted his career. But he was a major disappointment almost immediately after being selected by - who else - the Atlanta Hawks with the 6th pick in the 2000 NBA Draft.
One day you're being written up as the next great high school star, the next thing you're getting tasered outside a club. The life span of a pro sports career can be pretty fleeting.