- The Washington Times - Monday, June 27, 2005

Chris Wilcox was arrested on a misdemeanor gun charge after a traffic stop early yesterday morning in Columbia, Md., and could face as much as three years in prison if convicted.

The former University of Maryland basketball star and current member of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers was charged with transporting a handgun in a vehicle.

Wilcox was stopped after a Howard County police officer saw his silver BMW weaving on Route 29 at around 1 a.m. A K-9 team performed an external scan and sensed there was something suspicious in the car. According to police, Wilcox said there was a gun inside, and a .357 caliber revolver was found in a pocket behind the front passenger seat along with live ammunition and two spent shell casings.

Police said Wilcox provided no permit for the gun. He was released on his own recognizance, and a passenger was not charged. Wilcox could receive a fine as high as $2,500.

Wilcox was not available for comment yesterday, and his agents at D.C.-based Peake Management Group declined comment. The Clippers were taking a wait-and-see approach.

“We are aware of a situation [yesterday morning] in Maryland concerning Chris Wilcox,” Clippers vice president of communications Joe Safety said in a release. “We have been in contact with Chris and his representatives. His representatives are keeping us informed as to any developments. Beyond that, there is nothing further we can add from our standpoint at this time.”

Wilcox, 22, who has a home in Laurel, was a key part of the Terrapins’ 2002 national championship team. He left College Park after that sophomore season, was the eighth pick overall in the NBA Draft and signed a three-year, $6.2 million contract.

The 6-foot-10 center from Whiteville, N.C., recently completed his third season with the Clippers. He started 25 games, averaging 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds.

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