Former NBA Player Chris Gatling Accused of Illegally House Squatting

by April 30, 2013

According to the police, former NBA big man Chris Gatling illegally squatted in a Paradise Valley home. (Word to Robert Swift.) Gatling, who made nearly $30 million in the pros, then allegedly tried to list the place on Craigslist, in an ill-fated attempt to collect some rent money. Per the AP, via Deadspin: “Chris Gatling is accused of breaking into a key box and living in the home from July 2010 to August 2011. A police report says the homeowners lived in California but had left the power on. A local TV station reports that he later listed the four-bedroom house for rent for $800 and called it an ‘Ex-NBA’ home online. Court records say that Gatling got a down payment from one potential renter but that another got suspicious and contacted police. Gatling’s attorney, Michael Alarid, said the case is a ‘misunderstanding.’ Nicknamed ‘The Energizer,’ Gatling played 12 seasons in the NBA, averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Gatling, a 6-10 forward/center, made one All-Star roster, in 1996-97, and retired in 2002.”