Former NBA Star Shawn Kemp Arrested in Drive-By Shooting

Former NBA Star Shawn Kemp Arrested in Drive-By Shooting
Former NBA basketball player Shawn Kemp speaks during the Seattle Kraken's NHL hockey expansion draft event in Seattle on July 21, 2021. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)

TACOMA, Wash.—Former NBA star Shawn Kemp was arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting in Tacoma, Washington. No one was injured.

Online jail records show Kemp was booked for investigation of felony drive-by shooting shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday.

A Pierce County Superior Court calendar showed that Kemp, 53, was scheduled to make a court appearance Thursday afternoon, though Adam Faber, a spokesman for the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, said that would only occur if charges are filed.

No charges had been filed as of Thursday morning.

Kemp was a six-time NBA all-star and played for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1989 to 1997. He also played for Cleveland, Portland, and Orlando.

Kemp debuted in the NBA during the 1989–1990 season as a 20-year-old who had never played college basketball. He became known for his high-flying, athletic dunks.

Shawn Kemp Arrest
Seattle SuperSonics’ Shawn Kemp (40) goes in for a dunk as Houston Rockets’ Hakeem Olajuwon (34) defends during the second quarter of their NBA playoff game in Houston on May 5, 1997. (Pat Sullivan/AP Photo)
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