That Antoine Walker is hosting a party in Chicago isn’t very notable. But when that party coincides with an Idaho Stampede home stand, eyebrows raise.
Walker is reportedly scheduled to appear at a party in the Windy City on December 1, when Walker’s Stampede host the Dakota Wizards. I’m not positive, but the party might be named after The Artist Formerly Known As Employee Eight’s shot selection: “That Shit Crazy.”
Walker re-signed to play with the NBA D-League’s Stampede, but hasn’t reported to the team as he awaits sentencing for gambling charges. He was supposed to appear in court for sentencing weeks ago, according to Ridiculous Upside’s Scott Schroeder, but his lawyer rescheduled the court date for Dec. 6 instead.
The 35-year-old was supposed to appear in court a couple of weeks ago for sentencing after pleading guilty to some gambling debt issues. His lawyer apparently worked out a court date for Dec. 6 instead as he deals with the casino issues in Vegas, but that date would seem a lot less convenient considering the Stampede will be beginning their first road trip of the season on that date.
Walker hasn’t reported to the Stampede yet this season, however, and it doesn’t seem like he will until after the court thing is taken care of — considering he’s planning on hosting two-day parties in Chicago (see flyer at right) when he is supposed to be visiting Bismarck, N.D., for a two-game series against the Dakota Wizards.
Maybe there are extenuating circumstances involved and the Stampede are okay with Walker’s absence. But this doesn’t sound good. Postponing a court date, failing to report to training camp on time, hosting parties while he should be playing for the Idaho Stampede — the Antoine Walker I remember knows his recent actions are nothing to wiggle about.