Chamique Holdsclaw, former WNBA superstar is in custody on charges of aggravated assault, second degree criminal damage, and reckless conduct.
Holdsclaw turned herself in to Atlanta Police and bond has been set at $10,000.
Holdsclaw is accused of following Tulsa Shock’s Jennifer Lacy to her car, breaking out two windows with a bat and shooting into the car. No one was injured. Holdsclaw identified Lacy as an ex-girlfriend, the two were also former teammates for the Atlanta Dream in 2009.
I’m from Tennessee and Chamique is revered in Knoxville. She has a street named after her on the University of Tennessee campus and recently served as Grand Marshal of the Homecoming Parade in early November.
Holdsclaw had an illustrious career at UT, leading the Lady Vols to three National Championships from 1996-1998. She was part of the famous three “Meeks” that included Tameka Catchings and Semeka Randall, known for their explosive offense and tenacious defense. Holdsclaw remains the University of Tennessee and Southeastern Conference scoring leader either 3025 career points.
Holdsclaw left UT for the WNBA was drafted in the first round by the Washington Mystics- she was later named Rookie of the Year. Her WNBA career included six sll-star selections and a gold medal appearance in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Holdsclaw has been outspoken on the matter of mental illness and very open with her personal battle with depression. Her book “Breaking Through, Beating The Odds Shot After Shot” details her struggle and fight with depression and included a suicide attempt.
“I want to be an advocate for mental illness and let people know that they are not alone in their struggle. I want to shine the light on mental illness and take away the stigma so that people will not be ashamed to seek help.” said Holdsclaw during a visit to the UT campus in April 2011.
Domestic Violence is never the answer, so whatever demons Chamique is facing I hope that she gets the help she needs so that she can go back to what she does best – being a champion.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,