Antoine Walker Pleads Not Guilty In Las Vegas Casino Fraud Case

July 1, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Antoine Walker, a former All-Pro NBA basketball player with the Boston Celtics, entered a plea of not guilty this week in conjunction with allegations that he owes nearly $1 million in debts related to gambling at three Las Vegas-area casinos.

Walker appeared in a Clark Country District courtroom on Wednesday, and entered six please of not guilty on the felony counts, as he is charged with using bad checks.  That charge is the same as failing to pay the casinos.

Walker’s next appearance in court will be on November 18, and the trial date is set for November 22 beginning at 10:30 am.

Wednesday, the court proceedings took only a matter of minutes when Walker entered in his pleas to each of the six felony counts.

As Walker exited the courtroom, he acknowledged the media, but did not answer questions about whether or not he was hoping to make a comeback to the NBA for next season.

“You’d have to call his agent,” said Walker’s attorney Johnathan Powell.

Walker has never been in trouble with the law before, having no previous record.  However, these counts of writing a check without the required funds available add up to over $900,000,

The former NBA All-Star has already declared bankruptcy, has stated that he has $12.7 million in liabilities and has amassed $4.3 million in assets.  Among those assets is the 2006 NBA Championship ring that he received as a member of the Miami Heat.

Walker’s last stint in the NBA was in 2008, when he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves.  As a member of the Celtics, Walker made three All-Star appearances.  The 2008 season with the Timberwolves was Walker’s last in the NBA, as he played in Puerto Rico in 2009.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Walker has been training with his former college coach at the University of Kentucky, Rick Pitino, to try and get back into shape.

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