Former WNBA Player Chamique Holdsclaw Could Face Up to 65 years in Prison

By Staff

Olympic gold medalist and former WNBA basketball player, Chamique Holdsclaw faces six criminal charges for her alleged role in chasing down her ex-girlfriend, 29-year-old Jennifer Lacy, on the streets of Atlanta, smashing the SUV’s windows, pouring gas inside and firing a shot in an apparent lovers quarrel.

The two women played together on the Atlanta Dream in 2009. On Wednesday, a grand jury returned a six-count indictment against the 35-year-old Holdsclaw in connection with an attack on the former friend. She is charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault, Criminal Damage in the First Degree, two counts of Criminal Damage in the Second Degree and Possession of a Firearm, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

The charges stem from an incident on November 13, 2012 when victim Jennifer Lacy, driving along East Ponce De Leon Avenue, noticed that someone believed to be the defendant was trailing her. She pulled over near a Hemphill Avenue business, but before she could exit the vehicle, the defendant allegedly began to strike the victim’s car with a baseball bat, shattering several windows. A shot was then fired into the still occupied vehicle.

The victim was not injured, and Holdsclaw turned herself in to authorities later that day.

Holdsclaw suffered a major fall from grace after winning three titles at the University of Tennessee in the late ’90s. Once discussed as an athlete who could bring women’s basketball into the mainstream, Holdsclaw failed to show up for one of her games in 2004 and suddenly retired in 2007 despite impressive play. In an autobiography released last March, Holdsclaw revealed that she suffered from clinical depression and had even attempted suicide. The retired WNBA player could face 65 years in prison if found guilty on all six counts.

104 Responses to Former WNBA Player Chamique Holdsclaw Could Face Up to 65 years in Prison

  1. Yes, that’s definitely too extreme. A shame too, for such a talent, to end up like this. Hopefully she’ll get another attorney for an appeal, if she does get this outrageous sentence. Sounds like she needs to be hospitized and put on medication.

  2. I agree, this is TOO MUCH TIME TO SERVE, especially after no one was injured or shot!

    It’s amazing how these cracker pigs can shoot and kill Black men, women, and children, and NEVER serve jail time or court time. They are put on desk duty until they are cleared of their charges, then sent back on the streets to kill more Black people.

    Although, she admitted to the crime, and she was wrong; this just goes to show y’all negroids, who beLIEve in this racist injustice, illegal system is against ALL BLACK PEOPLE, no matter what your status is in life.

    I guess that poontang was so good, she couldn’t let is go!!!

    HERE NAME SAYS IT ALL…HOLDS.CLAW. She tried to HOLD on to her lover, but her CLAWS got here in trouble.

    I’M GONE

  3. ^@david jones: “People..she is facing 65 years..she was not sentenced to 65 years. She could get anything from probation to 65 years in prison.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Dig this: If convicted of murder, zimmerboy faces a mandatory minimum of 25 years in jail, and a maximum sentence of life behind bars. Manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in jail.

    Now, let’s do the math,if convicted of murder, zimmerboy faces a mandatory minimum of 25 years in jail, and a maximum sentence of life behind bars. Manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in jail.

    My question to you is this…what’s the diffence spending 65 years in jail (if she receives this sentence) for a woman, who is 35 years old? She will be 100 if she receives this sentence; therefore, that’s considered a LIFE sentence to me!

    If this racist system puts a Black woman in jail for 20 years for firing into a ceiling, as a warning shot; what makes you think, these racist serpents will not give her the max, or 30 years if she gets a charage of ‘attempted murder’ for firing a weapon?

    A Black man is in jail for LIFE because he STOOD HIS GROUND against a cracker, who was on HIS PROPERTY, and was coming toward him with an object in his hand, so he shot his pale azz to defend himself and his wife!!!

    A cracker woman is considered a hero because SHE STOOD HER GROUND because a Black man was in her house stealing; therefore, she shot him 5 times!!! DO THE MATH!!!

    STOP DEPENDING ON THIS RACIST ILLEGAL, INJUSTICE system…it’s the new plantation!!!

    Holdsclaw SHOULD RECEIVE THE LOWEST PENALTY FOR SHOOTING A WEAPON or a 3rd DEGREE MISDEMEANOR CHARGE which carries a punishment term of five years or LESS. Common examples are assault, battery, theft, fraud and various drug possession charges. She did ASSAULT the woman’s vehicle, while she was inside the vehicle, and broke out the windows with a bat!!!

    YOU’RE IN amerikkka, WHERE BLACK MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN ALWAYS RECEIVE THE MAX, NO MATTER HOW PETTY THE CRIME.

    Wake up dude, these heathenistic demonic devils don’t give a da.mn about Black life!!!

    I hope zimmerboy DIES in prison, but he has connections because his racist pappy is an ex-judge, who is a member of the Coat of Arms, a society that has been around for hundreds of years to protect demonic devils like zimmerboy to stay out of jail!

    LOOK UP THE ‘COAT OF ARMS’ AND THE LAST NAME OF zimmerman, AND SEE IF I’M LYING

  4. p***y cat runs evrybody crazy

  5. I guess I am the only here who has a problem with the fact that there was a lesbian relationship here. What are we saying to our children when this is the one aspect of this incident not even being discussed?

    • for one it’s not being discussed because it’s not a crime. two, most people are to busy trying to make ends meet and understand it’s none of our business what other people do in the private of their own homes.

    • The fact that she is a Lesbian has nothing to do with the discussion at hand. The lady should get some serious time for the crime, but she should not be judged by her s****l orientation.

  6. She has no priors. She need to be punished. What she’s faced with up to 65yrs is to extreme.I pray one of her Sorors Will take her case.

  7. Robert Monroe, Jr.

    a”lovers quarrel”? If a man had been the perpetrator in this situation it would called what it is…domestic violence. If a man pushes a woman in self-defense and she bumps her head on a door it’s considered domestic violence. If a lesbian does what is described above it’s called a lovers quarrel. Think about this the next time you see statistics about domestic violence. The numbers are purposely skewed to only reflect the evil that men do and portray the issue as a heterosexual problem.

  8. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

  9. Keep in mind, she is facing not one crime but several crimes during one event. When you do something and keep piling up charges, the years can pile up as well. This used to be a man’s world, but no more. Women are having to come to grips with the cold reality of entering the arena. She was doing the man thing, and now… She may get some love because of her status, a little more for being a woman, but she is a black women. She gone… maybe not for long but she gone. Packing a gun comes with responsibility, gilted love is no reason to shoot at anyone. The next stop is the wight pile. Women asked for equality and are no longer on the protected list.

  10. She will get a tight probation or the most a month in jail to think about her life ahead. I think Black Blue dog is making this a big deal for thamselves.

  11. People need to think about what they do before they let anger take control; Some people will post that 65 years is way too extreme; forgetting that she was not charged with attempted murder for firing the gun into the car. Is it wrong to point out that gay people are just as crazy as straight people when it comes to domestic violence because if this was a man he would have been charged with attempted murder.

  12. She shot at someone, that is a big deal, it does not matter that she missed.

    Prepare to do some time Ms. Mr. Sorry I’m unclear how to address such a person.

  13. You can fire a weapon into the air, hurt no one and get twenty years in prison. You can do what Ms. Holdsclaw did and get a possible sixty-five years in prison. Kill someone and get five to seven years. Ain’t justice great?

  14. Lovers’ quarrels do often lead to death – even to the death of police officers who are summoned to the dispute. The use of a gun in this crime mandates prison time. Anybody could have gotten killed by accident.
    Holdsclaw should get 2-3 years actual prison time and probation thereafter for up to five years – two years enhancement just for the gun alone. Jail and probation should include some kind of rigid anger management treatment. Because when her next lover finds another, she will repeat the behavior if she hasn’t truly learned how to handle rejection.
    I’m praying that Holdsclaw finds God and herself. Maybe one day she will thank the Lord for not taking a life and for giving her a life in Him.

  15. “……A Black man is in jail for LIFE because he STOOD HIS GROUND against a cracker, who was on HIS PROPERTY, and was coming toward him with an object in his hand, so he shot his pale azz to defend himself and his wife!!!
    A cracker woman is considered a hero because SHE STOOD HER GROUND because a Black man was in her house stealing; therefore, she shot him 5 times!!! DO THE MATH!!!
    STOP DEPENDING ON THIS RACIST ILLEGAL, INJUSTICE system…it’s the new plantation!!!…….” by Derrick

    Derrick, etc., etc.

    http://www.sacbee.com/2013/02/26/5218687/dhs-releasing-illegal-immigrants.html

    Worse Yet, President Barack Obama and the Obama Administration have released thousands (20,000 or more) felonious illegal immigrants awaiting deportation hearings from federal custody, many of these individuals being “drug cartel” dealers, murderers, rapists, you name it, while U.S. born black men and women rot in prison, whether black men and women have been proven guilty beyond all doubt or not.

    President Obama has the authority to pardon or use his influence to clear the truly innocent, pertaining to U.S. born black men and women, who are actually U.S. citizens by birth, yet he won’t or refuses to step up to the plate for these individuals.

    …i.e, it is not only Caucasians/Crackers kicking U.S. born blacks to the curb and beyond.

    Clearly President Barack Obama and the Obama Administration place more value in felonious illegal aliens, to the point of circumventing the Constitution, misusing “the oath of office”, or the President’s executive privilege authority before serving the first U.S. born black man, woman, or child.

    *******************************************************************
    US Constitution, Article 2, Powers of the President

    Article 2, Section 1, (8). “Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    Article 2, Section 2, (1). “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”

    Article 1, Power and Authority of Congresspersons( The Congressional Black Caucus) and Senators.

    Article 1, Section 3, (6). “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.”

    Article 1, Section 3, (7). “Judgment in Cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.”

    Article 1, Section 2, (5). “The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”

    President Barack Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus have the power and influence as elected officials, to at least recommend to Congress to start impeachment proceeding against no good treasonous siding with “rogue police officers and unethical city prosecutors” Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and President Barack Obama nor the CBC even care or think about stepping up to the plate here either.

    ““Supreme Court rejects damages for innocent man who spent 14 years on death row” In a 5-4 ruling, justices overturn a jury verdict awarding $14 million to John Thompson, who had sued then-New Orleans Dist. Atty. Harry Connick Sr. because prosecutors hid a blood test that would have proved his innocence in a murder case.” By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau, March 30, 2011, Los Angeles Times

    Oath of Office: “I, (President, Supreme Court Justice, Congressperson, Assemblyman, County Board of Supervisor’s Member, Mayor, City Councilperson, Judge, ), during such times as I hold the office, I, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States (the Constitution of the State of California, Maryland, Illinois, etc., etc.), against all enemies foreign (terrorist enemies of the U.S., illegal immigrants, un-American or un-Constitutional anything and everything, etc.) and domestic (treasonous individuals or organizations, any Police Chief who condones this and the Police Chief’s rogue police officers, unethical or criminal elected officials or public servants, illegal aliens or his or her advocates, un-American anything and everything), and that I will bear true faith and allegiance, to the Constitution of the United States , (State Constitution), and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.”
    *****************************************************
    “There are cases where an individual has been wrongfully treated by his government and about the only way, unless the individual resorts to court, and even in some cases the courts are not able to give proper relief, the only area or avenue open to the individual is through his representative. When you find a bona fide error has been made, I suggest that you make a maximum effort to remedy it. This I feel is a vital and important function of those of us in the House of Representatives”.

    Authors: Donald G. Tacheron and Morris Udall, from the book entitled, “The Job of the Congressman”, pages 65 and 66.

    (The above excerpt “The Job of the Congressman” holds true for all elected office officials)

    • Do you know why they’re releasing all of these
      dangerous illegals into our society, because
      they’re the new N*ggers, and will provide them
      with plenty of free labour that most Americans
      will not do! Obama used these people to swing
      the brown vote. Poli*tricks, pure and simple!

  16. Selected Comment:

    “……A Black man is in jail for LIFE because he STOOD HIS GROUND against a cracker, who was on HIS PROPERTY, and was coming toward him with an object in his hand, so he shot his pale azz to defend himself and his wife!
    A cracker woman is considered a hero because SHE STOOD HER GROUND because a Black man was in her house stealing; therefore, she shot him 5 times! DO THE MATH!
    STOP DEPENDING ON THIS RACIST ILLEGAL, INJUSTICE system…it’s the new plantation!” by Derrick.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU5Uq-RalKI

    YouTube: “Mexican Mafia Targets L.A. Blacks” by panchovilllla

    Clearly President Barack Obama and the Obama Administration place more value in serving felonious illegal aliens, to the point of circumventing the Constitution, misusing “the oath of office”, or the President’s executive privilege authority before serving the first U.S. born black man, woman, or child.

  17. She can get all the women she can handle in jail.

  18. Is It Spail or Spell

    I’m only speechless at the grammar. No, it’s not spell-check’s fault. It’s intentional inability to spell firEing as opposed to the correct way, firing. The same for speAchless. Which is actually spelled, speechless. You didn’t know, so you assumed since it sounds to rhyme with beach, that it’s spelled similar. Forget placement of punctuation and paragraphs, but the spelling people, come on!

    • Did you get the message?—Spelling is not always gotta be politically correct—-WE ARE SO CREATIVE and can show it on sites like these—-some want us to stay inside the BOX of limitations–But our creativity will always be our way of self expression(like it or not)unchain your mind from everdayness. (is that a word?) it may not fit in the dictionary but i just added to my repertoire—-did i spell that correct? i’ll let you JUDGE while i “MOVE ON.”

  19. it,s a shame all the different comments about ms H. she has not been sentenced yet so people are jumping the gun. she should be evaluated first and then sentenced if found ok. she does need some jail time and no probation initially, after serving 2to 4years she should have 3to5 years probation then she can get her life back together and the girlfriend will have gotten herself together and that way two beautiful lives would not have been destroyed and may god bless them both

  20. Besides what some1 has already pointed out about the impending release & more current planned release/early release of felons onto the streets of America, in many cases having actually committed the worst of crimes, as part of a cost-saving measure due to budget limitations, jsuy as has been done by other Presidents, the sentencing against Holdsclaw, is “excessive.”

    When I read a case this morning of the sentencing of a 37 Year old man, I though that regardless of the differences of the laws and sentencing guidelines in different States;

    It involved, 37 Year old driver Harvey Abraham, who fled the scene and tried to cover up the Hit-and-Run casuing the “death of an 11 (eleven) year old girl, Ashley Valdez in Miami, who had just gotten off the bus then struck and killed. The Defendant was sentenced to JUST 6 Years of Jail and 8 Years of Probation.

    This case deserves 65 Year or more. Ashley will never be seen, nurtured with love and guidance to have relized her dreams os being a danncer, a singer, and a Vet, only tb stripped of her life under uch avoidable circumstances, if not for the Hit-and-Run driver

    And the Perp gets off with an insultingly, heartless sentence.

    I will agree in the other cases I have researched, that maybe the Medical Records should have been taken into consideration in the case against Holdsclaw, to have verfied or denied any consideration not done, such as alleged Clinical Depression and attempted suicide.

    Neither would excuse her for the crimes committed. However, it should allow for grounds and a couple other imprtant points, allow for possible grounds of Apeal.

  21. Is it possible that she is being more severely punished because she is gay…and Black? What she did deserves punishment, but up to 65 years is ultra overkill.

    As others have stated, murderers get less time than that, and she didn’t even injure anyone (much less kill someone). I also don’t think she planned this 9 months before it happened, so if she admitted to having some mental illness issues in her book 9 months before it happened, she deserves some credit and some consideration on that.

    Is it a fact that she has never been charged with a crime before? If so. that should also be considered. For those who say there would be no clamor if a man did this and faced 65 years, we could spend days listing “male professional athletes” who have done a lot more harm to their woman. What Holdslaw did was similar to what Tiger Woods’ wife did (beat up a car), with a few more twists. Everyone gave the white woman a pass (no charges, plus she got like $900 million).

    Hey Holdslaw should be punished for breaking the law, but even stating that she COULD get 65 years is extreme overkill.

  22. IN LOUISVILLE, KY SEVERAL YEARS AGO A UOFL STUDENT WAS DRIVING DRUNK ONE NIGHT AND KILLED TWO INNOCENT ELDERLY PEOPLE. SHE SERVED TWO YEARS AND WAS RELEASED. I AM SURE WITH CONSEQUENCES AND I BET TODAY SHE IS SORRY BUT, OUR COURT SYSTEM HAS TOO MUCH STUFF THAT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE. DO I THINK THIS YOUNG LADY HAS TO HAVE SOME CONSEQUENCES FOR HER STUPIDITY (YES) BUT 65 YEARS IN PRISON..NO…WAY TOO LONG AND SHE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PAY TAXES AND WOULD ONLY BE A LIABILITY.

    THESE PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS ARE OFF THE CHAIN AND I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TYPE OF CAFFEIN THEY ARE DRINKING EVERY MORNING BEFORE COURT OR AT NIGHT WHEN THEY GET BORED AND ARE WAITING FOR SOME IGNOTANT PERSON TO COME INTO THE EVENING WITH STUPID, CHILDISH & IGNORANT ALLEGATIONS THAT THEY FEEL THAT THEY CAN MAKE MONEY FOR THE COURT SYSTEM AND KEEP IT IN BUSINESS. ”EVERY PRISONER COST THE TAX PAYERS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND THIS GIRL DID NOT CAUSE A DEATH BUT IT WAS PRETTY DRAMATIC WHAT SHE DID..I WOLD NOT HAVE LIKED BEING A RECEPIENT OF IT AT ALL.

  23. Same s*x, same problem!

  24. If a man smashed a woman’s windows, poured gas into her car & fired a shot INTO the car, women would be celebrating this harsh sentence as an example that needs to be set. However when a woman does the same thing it suddenly becomes unfair & drastic? Men & women are equal so she needs to “man up” & get ready to do this time.

  25. THE b***h IS PSYCHO!!!….SHE BELONGS IN JAIL OR THE NUT-HOUSE!!!….

  26. I’m gonna ask what most would love to ask. “Does Derrick have a job, other than commenting with a dissertation?” Anyone who puts that much energy and effort into belittling and disrespecting others has to have some mental issues or compensating for his shortness.

  27. Just another domestic abuser & she deserves all the public disdain as if she was a male

  28. Just another domestic abuser & she deserves all the public disdain as if she was a male. She is as angry bitter & violent as any other abuser

  29. Such a talented athlete. I am sorry to hear this news.

  30. Selected comment:

    “I’m gonna ask what most would love to ask. “Does Derrick have a job, other than commenting with a dissertation?” Anyone who puts that much energy and effort into belittling and disrespecting others has to have some mental issues or compensating for his shortness.” by Trina

    -Well Trina,

    I don’t agree with all of the material as posted by Derrick, but much of what he states is true, as it concerns black men and women being treated much less than the essence of what it means to be a U.S. citizen, denied “Equal Justice and Protection Under the Law”, etc., etc.

    Although in some instances Caucasians have been guilty of being the perpetrators , other black people in policy making positions have also been just as guilty in being the actual perpetrators or in conspiring with unethical individuals, to violate the Constitutional rights of law abiding U.S. born black men and women.

    Derrick left out the other half of the reality of the fact that dysfunctional/treasonous university educated fools, and/or other misfits from within the black community have also contributed to sending law abiding U.S. born black men and women, with no previous criminal history to prison, contributed to the unlawful and un-Constitutional violation of the property rights of U.S. born black men and women, conspired with other unethical individuals or “public servants” to break up law abiding black families for profit, conspired with rogue police officers and unethical New Orleans City prosecutors to deny redress to law abiding black men proven innocent by DNA evidence, etc., etc.

    *************************************************

    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/30/nation/la-na-court-prosecutors-20110330

    ““Supreme Court rejects damages for innocent man who spent 14 years on death row” In a 5-4 ruling, justices overturn a jury verdict awarding $14 million to John Thompson, who had sued then-New Orleans Dist. Atty. Harry Connick Sr. because prosecutors hid a blood test that would have proved his innocence in a murder case.” By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau, March 30, 2011, Los Angeles Times.
    The Republican Party also has at least one “sellout” and prominent black official who has been selling out the black community for decades, namely siding with rogue police officers and unethical city prosecutors while betraying law abiding black men or women egregiously violated by government no good (Republican in Name Only) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

    For decades, Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Los Angeles, CA, Compton, CA, New Orleans, LA, Oakland, CA, etc., etc., to where U.S. born blacks reside, are subjected to “Taxation without Competent” Representation.

    “Character is doing what’s right — when no one is looking.” by former Congressman J.C. Watts.

    It is shameful that far too many elected officials, especially those who hold office in the black community place very little or no significance in the above statement by former Congressman J.C. Watts, and/or trash the essence of what it means to be an elected official or public servant.

  31. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PufokRZ7U-8&feature=youtu.be

    Theft by Court contains documented evidence of the first time since the Emancipation Proclamation that a black citizen has held anyone accountable to the laws of this country for violating the Constitutional rights of a descendant of American slaves.

    “Character is doing what’s right — when no one is looking.” by former Congressman J.C. Watts.

    It is shameful that far too many elected officials, especially those who hold office in the black community, place very little or no significance in the above statement by former Congressman J.C. Watts.

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