Chamique Holdsclaw Pleads Not Guilty; WNBA Star Claims She Did Not Attack Ex-Girlfriend Jennifer Lacy
Chamique Holdsclaw pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from her alleged attack on ex girlfriend Jennifer Lacy while she sat in her car. (Photo: Atlanta Police Department)
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According to TMZ, Chamique Holdsclaw pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault, criminal damage in the first degree, criminal damage in the second degree and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The former WNBA star is accused of smashing Lacy's car with a baseball bat and shooting a gun into the vehicle while her ex was sitting inside.
If Holdsclaw is convicted of all these charges, she could go to jail for up to 65 years, according to TMZ.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the incident began last November, when Jennifer Lacy was working out at a church in the area. According to the police report, Holdsclaw then asked to put something in her ex's car. Afterwards, Lacy noticed a gas smell inside the vehicle and then saw Holdsclaw driving behind her. Lacy then drove to a friend's house, which is where the alleged attack occurred.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Chamique Holdsclaw turned herself into police three days after the alleged assault. She was later released on $100,000.
The six-time WNBA All-Star was indicted on six charges last month. At the time, her lawyer, Ed Garland, told USA Today that his client planned to plead not guilty.
"Our position is that she is not guilty of having committed any assault upon Ms. Lacy," Garland said. "The events occurred after an emotional situation between the two of them. She did assault the car itself and damage the car with the baseball bat and firing the gun; however, there was no assault on Ms. Lacy.
"We expect to negotiate a proper resolution to this matter with the district attorney's office."
Per the Associated Press, Chamique Holdsclaw won three straight national titles as a member of the Tennessee Volunteers before being drafted into the WNBA. She still holds the conference record for career points scored and was a member of the United States' gold-medal winning women's basketball team at the 2000 Olympics.
However, her career quickly went south in the mid-2000s, per Yahoo Sports. In 2004, the WNBA legend failed to show up for a game, and she ultimately retired three years later. Recently, she revealed in her autobiography that she has been suffering from depression and once attempted suicide.
Jennifer Lacy, meanwhile, graduated from Pepperdine University and signed with the Phoenix Mercury as an undrafted free agent. This made her the first woman from the West Coast Conference to make a WNBA roster, per the league's website. In the 2008 Expansion Draft, she was sent to the Atlanta Dream, where she shared the court with Holdsclaw. Lacy currently plays for the Tulsa Shock and averaged 8.5 points per game with the squad last season.