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Former NBA All-Star Shawn Kemp arrested in connection to drive-by shooting


NBA legend and six-time All-Star Shawn Kemp was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a drive-by shooting in the Tacoma, Washington, area.

Kemp was booked on a felony charge of drive-by shooting, online jail records show, tied to this incident Tweeted about by the Tacoma Police Department.

However, on Thursday Kemp was released from jail without being charged, with the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office telling the Associated Press “it would not file charges pending further investigation.”

Kemp’s attorney said there was not a drive-by shooting but rather Kemp being shot at while trying to retrieve his phone, then returning fire in self-defense. Kemp’s attorney released this statement (via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN).

Kemp is best remembered for his years with Seattle SuperSonics (1989 to 1997), where the “Reign Man” displayed exceptional athleticism and threw down thunderous dunks. He also played for Cleveland, Portland and Orlando.