Ex-NBA player Craig Ehlo arrested on felony domestic violence, ‘reckless burning’ charges

Former NBA shooting guard Craig Ehlo was arrested Thursday morning on domestic violence charges, according to multiple reports.

From the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash.:

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested Ehlo, 51, on charges of first-degree reckless burning, domestic violence, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into Spokane county jail at 7:36 a.m.

The charge is a Class C felony.

A sheriff’s office spokesman declined to provide more information about the arrest.

Class C felonies in Washington state carry maximum sentences of five years in a state correctional institution, a $10,000 fine or both.

A December 2009 Cleveland magazine story said Ehlo and his wife, Jani, had been married for 24 years, and had three children.

The arrest comes three weeks after Ehlo stepped down from an assistant coaching position at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash., where he'd spent two seasons focusing on individual player development under head coach Jim Hayford. Ehlo told SWX-TV he planned to move either back into TV — he'd previously worked as a color commentator for broadcasts of Gonzaga University and Seattle SuperSonics games — or to another coaching opportunity, "whatever comes first."

Ehlo played in the NBA for 14 seasons, breaking into the league with the Houston Rockets, who selected him out of Washington State University with the first pick in the third round of the 1983 NBA draft. He signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent in January 1987, climbing the ladder from spot-minutes reserve to starter and key contributor on perennial playoff teams.

He averaged 13.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game in the 1989-90 season, shooting just under 42 percent from 3-point range alongside the likes of Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, Larry Nance and John "Hot Rod" Williams for coach Lenny Wilkens. He is, however, best known for his role in the play that ended the Cavs' championship quest one season earlier — "The Shot," Michael Jordan's famous game-winning, series-ending buzzer-beater that knocked Cleveland out of the 1989 postseason and sent the Chicago Bulls on to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

After seven seasons in Cleveland, the 6-foot-6 guard signed with the Atlanta Hawks as a free agent, playing three seasons in Georgia before returning to Washington for a year with the Sonics. He retired after the 1996-97 campaign at age 35.

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