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NBA’s Antoine Walker pleads guilty to felony check charges

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Steve Marcus

Former NBA player Antoine Walker makes an initial appearance in District Court at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Walker’s attorney Jonathan Powell is at right. Walker is facing felony bad check charges for allegedly failing to meet obligations to repay some $900,000 in gambling debts and penalties to three Las Vegas casinos.

Professional basketball's Antoine Walker pleaded guilty to felony bad check charges Tuesday morning in Clark County District Court.

Walker, a former NBA all-star who now plays for the Idaho Stampede in the NBA Development League, will likely face no jail time under a plea agreement with prosecutors, and instead will be put on probation as he works to pay off gambling debts of more than $750,000 owed to three casinos.

His sentencing is set for Nov. 1.

“Being put on probation, he’ll have a court order to pay the restitution to the casinos,” said Deputy District Attorney Sam Bateman.

Walker, 34 was not present in court, and his guilty plea was entered on his behalf by attorneys.

The criminal complaint was filed in the summer of 2009, when Walker failed to pay back gambling debts at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and the Red Rock Resort.

He pleaded not guilty to six felony counts related to drawing checks without sufficient funds with attempt to defraud in June 2010, before changing his plea Tuesday.

Walker played for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2008, his last year in the NBA. He won a championship in 2006 with the Miami Heat and was a three-time all-star for the Boston Celtics. After he left the Timberwolves, he played in two pre-season games with the Memphis Grizzlies, then was waived by the Grizzlies. He played briefly in Puerto Rico in 2010 before deciding to make his NBA comeback.

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