Sebastian Telfair thought he knew the fire. Now, he’s really in it
The Celtics overreacted a bit in stripping Sebastian Telfair’s nameplate off his locker in the wake of his arrest last week for gun possession. The Celtics guard – and star of his own biopic, “Through the Fire” – was arrested on second-degree possession after cops found a loaded .45 in the car he was driving earlier this week. Now, yes, the car was going 77 mph in a 45 mph zone Yonkers, and it was damn near 4 a.m., but the gun reportedly belonged to his girlfriend (why does she have a gun? That’s for another post.) and Telfair claimed to not even know it was there.
The Celtics say they “may cut ties” with the tk-year guard who cross-overed (stumbled maybe?) straight from high school to the NBA after agonizing over the decision for the ESPN pic. No doubt they’d be more lenient if the kid could play!
That said, did anyone else notice the quote from Telfair’s attorney, who, in an ESPN story, may have inadvertently touched upon one of the great roots for the downfall of many young black too-rich-too-soon athletes. He said Telfair, still only 21, is supporting 17 members of his family. Forget Deadbeat Dads. How about Deadbeat Family?! Sad.
In the heartwarming, biopic, you rooted for Sebastian. You cheer for him. You even supported his decision to turn pro right out of high school. Now, I’m not so sure.
What happened to this joyful kid?