Former NBA player turned CBS sports commentator Greg Anthony agreed to pay a D.C. police officer who was working undercover as a prostitute $80 for sex and said “oh yeah” when the officer asked Anthony if Anthony wanted the officer to “dress up.”
According to the charging documents submitted to D.C. Superior Court this past weekend in Anthony’s Jan. 16 arrest, D.C. undercover officers were responding to “complaints” about prostitution activity in the 1500 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW. Anthony was arrested at the Doubletree Hotel in room 805.
Anthony, 47, responded to an escort ad that was placed on Backpage.com by the undercover officer who was part of the Human Trafficking Unit.
Anthony was in the Washington area to announce the University of Maryland-Michigan State game Saturday afternoon in College Park, Md. for CBS Sports, where he has worked since 2008. CBS News released a statement saying Anthony has been suspended indefinitely and will not be working for CBS this season.
According to the charging documents, when the undercover officer arrived at Anthony’s room around 5:45 p.m. the undercover officer said it cost $80 for sex. Anthony immediately tried to rebuff such talk and said “Oh I don’t wanna say all that.” The undercover officer responded “I just need to know so I don’t have any surprises.”
After the two discussed the type of sex, the undercover officer then asked “You want me to dress up?” Anthony responded "oh yeah.” No further details were given.
The undercover officer then gave a signal for the arrest team to move in. Anthony was arrested and charged with misdemeanor solicitation for prostitution. Anthony is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 2.
Anthony, a father of four, lives in Del Ray Beach, Fla., with his wife. He played in the NBA for 12 years for the New York Knicks, the Portland Trail Blazers and teams in Vancouver, Seattle, Milwaukee and Chicago before beginning his career as a commentator.