SAN ANTONIO, NOV. 6 -- David Wingate, a Georgetown graduate and former guard for the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, formally was charged with one count of sexual assault and released on $2,000 bond, authorities said today.
Wingate surrendered to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office this morning, ending the task of trying to extradite him from Maryland, where he also has been accused of sexual assault.
"David returned to San Antonio to confront and disprove these allegations," said Wingate's lawyer, Gerald Goldstein. "David will fight just as hard as he has on the basketball court, where he has pulled himself up from humble beginnings."
Wingate, 26, remained quiet as his attorneys led him out of the sheriff's department through a crowd of reporters and into a parked jeep.
Wingate's basketball future will be weighed after the cases are settled, Goldstein said.
Fifth in steals and fourth in assists for the Spurs last season, Wingate already has lost a $2.25 million contract because the Spurs ended negotiations after the assault cases surfaced.
In September, while he was negotiating with the Spurs, Wingate was charged with raping a 17-year-old woman in Ellicott City, Md. Three days later, a 21-year-old woman in San Antonio also filed suit for a rape that she claims took place in June.
Wingate was indicted by grand juries in both cases, but trial dates have not been set.
The Spurs retain rights to Wingate, who is a restricted free agent. They would receive compensation if another team signed the 6-foot-5 guard.
"I suspect that David's primary energies will be spent in his own defense against the very serious allegations," Spurs owner Red McCombs said in a prepared release Sept. 21.
If convicted in San Antonio, Wingate faces a sentence of two to 20 years and a $10,000 fine.