NOVATO, Calif. -- Former NBA star Isaiah "J.R." Rider was
sentenced Wednesday to seven months in jail stemming from three
criminal cases against him.
Rider, 35, also was ordered to perform 120 hours of community
service, complete a drug education program and was placed on
probation for three years following his release.
Rider pleaded guilty in Marin County Superior Court to several
charges, including felony cocaine possession, battery and evading a
Prior to sentencing, he told the court his life had spun out of
control over the past year.
"I got myself into this," Rider said, adding that he has been
deeply affected by the grave condition of his mother. "I want to
get out [of jail] -- have a funeral for her."
Rider has been in custody since early December after he was
arrested in Alameda County jail on three bench warrants. His
run-ins with the law began in January 2006, when he was charged
with domestic violence after he visited a girlfriend.
Rider starred at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas before
being drafted fifth in 1993 by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Rider racked up large fines and suspensions during his NBA
career, which ended in 2001. His offenses ranged from being tardy
to practice to spitting at fans and airport personnel.