Ex-WNBA player Holdsclaw in jail on assault charge
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November 16, 2012 08:30 AM | 2161 views | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This July 17, 2011 file photo shows Tulsa Shock forward Jennifer Lacy reacting after being called for a foul against the New York Liberty during the first quarter of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, in Newark, N.J. Atlanta police say a warrant has been issued for former WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw who is accused of shooting into a woman's car after using a bat to break its windows. Police said Thursday that Holdsclaw followed the woman, Lacy, to her car on Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012. WNBA spokesman Ron Howard says the 29-year-old Lacy plays for the Tulsa Shock. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez,File)
This July 17, 2011 file photo shows Tulsa Shock forward Jennifer Lacy reacting after being called for a foul against the New York Liberty during the first quarter of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, in Newark, N.J. Atlanta police say a warrant has been issued for former WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw who is accused of shooting into a woman's car after using a bat to break its windows. Police said Thursday that Holdsclaw followed the woman, Lacy, to her car on Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012. WNBA spokesman Ron Howard says the 29-year-old Lacy plays for the Tulsa Shock. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez,File)
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ATLANTA (AP) — Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw is in custody after being accused of shooting into a woman's car after using a bat to break its windows.

Atlanta police said Thursday that the incident happened Tuesday after the Olympic gold medalist followed 29-year-old Jennifer Lacy to her car. Lacy plays for the Tulsa Shock.

No one was injured. Lacy identified the 35-year-old Holdsclaw, one of the biggest stars in women's college basketball history during her career at Tennessee, as an ex-girlfriend. They were teammates with the Atlanta Dream in 2009. 

Holdsclaw, who reportedly lives in Smyrna, was in custody Thursday night in Fulton County Jail. Her bond was set at $10,000 on one charge each of aggravated assault, second-degree criminal damage and reckless conduct.

A number for Holdsclaw listed in the police report went to voicemail and it was unknown whether she had an attorney.

Lacy issued a statement through the Shock.

"I want to thank my family, friends, fans and Shock family for their concern during this difficult time," Lacy said. "I have never felt more love from my fans in supporting me."

In September, Holdsclaw returned to her alma mater to discuss her fight with clinical depression, which included a suicide attempt during her pro career.

Holdsclaw recounted how she attempted suicide in 2006 as a member of the Los Angeles Sparks by overdosing on the medication she was taking for clinical depression. She also wouldn't leave her Washington home for a few days in 2004, two years after the death of the grandmother who raised her.

She discussed these situations in a book, "Breaking Through: Beating The Odds Shot After Shot," that came out earlier this year.

Holdsclaw led Tennessee to three consecutive national championships from 1996-98 before beginning a pro career that included six WNBA All-Star selections. She also played on the U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in the 2000 Games. She had 3,025 career points at Tennessee and remains the Southeastern Conference's career scoring leader.



Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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Bluepassion
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November 16, 2012
I'm sorry to hear something like this coming from a long time Lady Vols fan. Not just that but anyone dealing with depression issues possible mental health. I pray for them and pray that God takes control over this situation.
SportsMomOntheGo
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November 16, 2012
This sounds like an attempted Murder rather than assault.. If the gun had hit Ms.Lacy or the car blew up in flames...I would think the charges would be more severe... Sad situation for a talented basketball player to have her career tainted by a fatal attraction assault.
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