Ex-NBA "Energizer" Gets Pinched In Arizona For Squatting In Temporarily Unoccupied Home, Then Attempting To Pocket Cash By Renting It Out On Craigslist
In Paradise Valley, Arizona, The Arizona Republic reports:
- A former NBA All-Star is facing several criminal charges after police said he squatted in a Paradise Valley home and then tried to list the place for rent on Craigslist.
Chris Gatling is accused of breaking into a key box and living in the home from July 2010 to August 2011. A police report says the homeowners lived in California but had left the power on.
A local TV station reports that he later listed the four-bedroom house for rent for $800 and called it an “Ex-NBA” home online.
Court records say that Gatling got a down payment from one potential renter but that another got suspicious and contacted police.
Gatling’s attorney, Michael Alarid, said the case is a “misunderstanding.”
Nicknamed “The Energizer,” Gatling played 12 seasons in the NBA, averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Gatling, a 6-10 forward/center, made one All-Star roster, in 1996-97, and retired in 2002. According to salary information posted at basketball-reference.com, Gatling made nearly $30 million in his NBA career.