Less than 36 hours after being released by the Sixers, Dionte Christmas has bigger things to worry about than his basketball career. According to the Daily News, Christmas was pulled over tonight in Philly for driving erratically. He was apparently driving Marreese Speights' car, and had a loaded weapon in the car. A 9MM handgun, with 7 rounds of ammunition. I feel bad for the guy, and I'm wondering why the hell Marreese Speights let a gun, registered in his name, wind up loaded in a car with a teammate who had just been cut. To top things off, Christmas was also driving without a license.
I really feel for Christmas, I can only imagine what he's going through, the day after his dream was squashed, at least temporarily. Hopefully he'll be able to drag himself out of this mess.
As far as the team is concerned, this is truly the first hint of an off-court problem, and while no current player was directly involved, it worries the hell out of me that Speights was careless enough to leave a loaded gun in his car. You have to question Speights' maturity level, if the facts have been reportedly correctly, and I hope the team will take some action to make sure nothing like this happens again. I'm not talking about suspending or fining Speights, I'm talking about educating him.