Chamique Holdsclaw arrested; bond set at $100,000

November 16, 2012

Chamique Holdsclaw was a No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft. (John Bazemore / AP)

Updated at 2 p.m. with bond set at $100,000

Chamique Holdsclaw, a former Washington Mystics and WNBA star as well as an Olympic gold medalist, turned herself in to Atlanta police Thursday night after an arrest warrant was issued stemming from an incident in which she allegedly became violent.

Holdsclaw, 35, was initially charged with aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and reckless conduct, according to AJC.com. At a first appearance hearing Friday, Holdsclaw’s bond was set at $100,000 bond and Magistrate Judge Roy Roberts ordered her to wear an ankle monitor and to have no contact with the alleged victim. She was ordered to appear in court Nov. 30 to face charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.


Fulton County Sheriff’s Office (via WSBTV.com)

Jennifer Lacy, who said she is a former girlfriend of Holdsclaw’s and was her former teammate on the Atlanta Dream, claimed that Holdsclaw approached her in a parking lot Tuesday and asked to put some things in her car. The incident report states that Lacy smelled gasoline in her Range Rover as she drove off and saw that Holdsclaw was following her. Lacy said she drove to a friend’s house, where Holdsclaw got out of her car and began smashing the windows of Lacy’s SUV with a baseball bat. According to the report, she pulled a handgun and fired inside the Range Rover, then left. Police said they recovered a 9mm shell casing at the scene and WSBTV.com reports that police said she may have been trying to ignite gasoline in the car by firing the gun.

Lacy, 29, was unhurt. “I want to thank my family, friends, fans and Shock family for their concern during this difficult time,” Lacy said in a statement issued through the Shock. “I have never felt more love from my fans in supporting me.”

On Tuesday, Holdsclaw had tweeted:

Holdsclaw played 12 seasons in the WNBA after leading Pat Summitt’s Tennessee teams to three consecutive national championships. Her pro career ended in 2010; last spring, she published an autobiography in which she described her long battle with depression and mental health issues. She has said she attempted suicide in 2006 with an overdose of  medication she was taking for clinical depression and has begun a career as a speaker and an advocate for mental-health.

“You get labeled as a quitter with mental health issues like mine,” Holdsclaw told The Post’s Sally Jenkins last spring. “People would say I was an ‘enigma.’ Or a ‘problem.’ All along I knew that wasn’t me.”

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