Within days of each other, two of New York's most high-profile high school basketball players were arrested and charged with various crimes. One day after Prep Rally chronicled the arrest of Wings (New York) Academy's Deonte Houston on first-degree robbery charges, now we're talking about the arrest of another PASL boys basketball player.
This time it's Lincoln (New York) high school's Ethan Telfair, younger brother of former New York basketball legend Sebastian Telfair, currently playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.
As the New York Post reported, Telfair and another teammate were arrested when police noticed an open backpack with two guns inside. They later searched the rest of the backpack and found a third gun.
Instead of going quietly and taking the weapons charge, the New York Post said Telfair tried to get out of the situation by bribing a police offer with cash, after he was taken the 60th precinct.
The story didn't get any worse from there, but I'm pretty sure weapons possession and bribery charges are bad enough for the 16-year-old sophomore, who played a limited role on a Lincoln team that won the Brooklyn AA regular-season championship.
While nothing else has been reported on the arrest, Telfair's summer program coach, Jermaine Brown, said he was told the two boys "were in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Honestly, it really doesn't matter if Telfair and Houston are high-profile players; the fact that they were arrested on various gun charges is pretty troubling news for the PASL as the school year comes to a close.
Hopefully this is the last story we'll be mentioning from the New York area that has to do with a high school player getting arrested.