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Thursday, September 9th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  13 responses

Former NBAer Rumeal Robinson Guilty of Fraud

The AP reports on the former hoops star’s fall from grace: “Rumeal Robinson, who led Michigan to the NCAA men’s basketball championship in 1989 and later played in the NBA, was convicted in federal court Wednesday of borrowing more than $700,000 for a sham business deal and then spending the money on a condominium, expensive furniture and cars. A jury found Robinson guilty of 11 counts, including bank bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making a false statement to a financial institution. He faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each count. A date for sentencing hasn’t been set. Among a lengthy list of accusations by prosecutors was one accusing Robinson of scheming to sell his mother’s home in Cambridge, Mass., without her knowledge.”

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  • The Philosopher

    What is he going to do with the rest of his life?

  • WangChung

    Fraud is one thing, but scheming to sell your Mom’s home without her knowledge? That’s cold.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Rumeal got a raw deal. Signed, Devil’s Advocate

  • unrel

    he also made a fraudulent attempt to be an NBA point guard.. the only thing i remember from him.. is a baseline drive.. went up for a dunk and got hung… i really can’t remember anything else he’s done in the L..

  • hammer

    Man. I was just reading bout this story couple days ago. This cat made a lil over $5mill over the course of his career and didn’t know how 2 take care of it. Apparently rumeal declared bankruptcy and had 2 give up a maserati, some ducatis,a benzo,a beamer and an m16 fully automatic. Kinda sad 2 hear bout these stories bout athletes that I grew up watching. I liked rumeal especially w/the blazers. Never lived up 2 his potential tho

  • rob stewart

    One of my college teammates used to kick it with Rumeal. He said Rumeal was dead broke and would eat KFC out of a dumpster even though he was still driving/living in a beamer. He said Rumeal tried to hold on to that beamer as it was the last thing he had to mae him feel famous

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    What will this do to his 1990-91 Skybox rookie card?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    I have several.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Heres to you, Mr. Robinson, Jesus holds a place for those who play. Hey,hey,hey..

  • hammer

    @boss terry. Nice simon and garfunkel reference. Ha ha!

  • Russ M

    I remember watching this kid in college and thinking he was a lock to have a 10 yr successful carrer in the league.

  • JTaylor21

    Why do athletes think that millons of dollars last forever. What kind of reasoning would make an average nba player buy 3 luxurious cars, expensive condo, and furniture that would make Marie Antoinette jealous. Gotta make that money last for ever like Keith Sweat.

  • BostonBaller

    I played against/with him during the high school years and feel for him a lil’ bit. People thought I was crazy when I said he was a product of a great political system that propelled him to where he landed. (Michigan w/ G. Rice & others then the NBA) A persons character is a persons character even after they make a bit of change. Guys need to actually take advantage of that educational opportunity while playing in college so that they can hold onto or build upon what they might get financially. Sad….

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