BOSTON -- Former Kentucky basketball star Wayne Turner was
arrested after police found a loaded 9mm handgun in his car.
He pleaded innocent Thursday to charges of illegal possession of
a firearm and a weapon with a big supply chamber. He was released
on $10,000 bail and is scheduled for court Aug. 18.
Turner, a Boston native, played on two national championship teams
with the Wildcats in the 1990s. He played an NCAA-record 151 games
in a four-year career at Kentucky that ended in 1999.
Police found the weapon with 12 live rounds under the front seat
of the rental car in Roxbury early Thursday, said David Procopio, a
spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney's office, said Friday.
Police questioned Turner after noticing him in a car parked in a
handicapped spot with two other men.
Police searched the car after spotting an open beer bottle and
found the gun and a small bag of marijuana, allegedly belonging to
Marquis Warren, 18, of Boston, Procopio said. Warren was charged
with marijuana possession.
Turner told police he bought the gun in Kentucky, Procopio said.
It was unclear whether the gun was bought legally in Kentucky, but
he does not have a gun permit in Massachusetts, Procopio said.
Turner, 27, is Kentucky's career steals leader and is fourth in
school history in assists. He played three games for the Boston
Celtics during the 2000 season. He also played for the Harlem
Globetrotters, in Italy and for minor league American teams. He
currently plays in the Australian National Basketball League and
planned to fly to Australia this week, Procopio said.