According to Report, Shawn Kemp, six times NBA All-Star and former Seattle Supersonics legend, was charged with assault in the first degree in connection with an alleged internship in March. Mr Scott Boatman said in a statement on Friday:
“Today, Shawn Kemp learned that Pierce County D.A. has chosen to press charges against him. He will speak in favour of his conviction. He cooperated fully with the police and prosecutor’s office throughout the process. He is confident that once the jury hears the testimony and sees the evidence in the trial, they will conclude that he was right to defend himself that afternoon. He’s maintained Aaron Kiviat and Tim Leary’s law offices to defend himself on these charges.”
On the date of the alleged accident, the Tacoma Police Department tweeted the following report:
“At 1:58 p.m., a fight between two people in two cars led to a shooting at a parking lot in S. Steele 4500 block. A car ran away. No casualties were reported. A 53-year-old man was booked for driving-by shooting. Investigation is under way.”
Kemp’s lawyer for Fox 13 Seattle last month said he fired a gun in self-defense.
“The individuals inside the car shot Mr. Kemp, who then fired back to Kemp’s self-defense,” said Kemp’s lawyer. “There was not a shooting by driving as reported earlier, and Mr. Kemp’s actions were reasonable and legitimate.”
Kemp spent the first eight seasons of his NBA career with Super Sonics, which selected him first in the 1989 draft. He also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic before retiring after the 2002–03 season.
The Indiana native was the All-Star six times in his 14-year career and averaged 14.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.6 assistants in 1051 games.