Former LSU basketball star Antonio Blakeney likely just ended all hope of him ever getting back into the NBA with his actions off the court.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Blakeney was arrested and charged with arranging a robbery and is now facing charges of home invasion robbery with a firearm and aggravated assault. He’s also being charged with grand theft.
The report says Blakeney invited a group of men to his house to play cards. He then invited some other men to come over and rob everybody in the first group.
Blakeney has since posted bond and his lawyer, Brice Aikens, released a statement.
“We are confident that once all the facts are presented, my client will be exonerated,” Aikens said. “We have faith in the legal process and will remain patient until this matter is resolved.”
The former five-star prospect and Florida’s Mr. Basketball coming out of Oak Ridge High School in 2015 starred alongside Ben Simmons as a freshman and earned Second-Team All-SEC honors in 2017 at LSU.
After declaring for the Draft, he would be picked up by the Chicago Bulls and Blakeney would appear in 76 games over two seasons for the team.
He is currently a member of the G-League’s Canton Charge.