Maxwell arrested in Seattle
Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 12:13 a.m.
Former NBA and Florida Gators star Vernon Maxwell was arrested in Seattle as a fugitive stemming from an outstanding arrest warrant in Florida.
King County Jail officials confirmed Tuesday that Maxwell was being held at the facility awaiting extradition to Florida, but could not confirm whether the warrant was related to his Alachua County felony charge for failure to pay child support.
Maxwell was extradited to Florida in April of 2004, from Cobb County, Ga., for failure to pay more than $160,000 in child support for the 16-year-old son he has with Myra Jenkins of Gainesville. He was released April 20 on $20,000 bond.
A warrant was issued for Maxwell's arrest when he failed to appear for a case management hearing regarding the charge on Dec. 9. Terms of Maxwell's release are that he was not to leave Alachua County borders until the case was resolved.
"He didn't care," Jenkins said. "He's just disobedient. He just thinks he's above the law, I guess."
Jenkins said Maxwell has not made a direct child support payment since May of 2001. She is due more than $230,000 in back child support, which includes interest.
Jenkins received an $1,800 payment as part of a one-percent purge of Maxwell's bond when he was released from Alachua County Jail last April.
Calls to Maxwell's attorney, Steven Turnage, were not returned Tuesday.
Maxwell, a three-time all-SEC selection, played at Florida from 1985-88 and was the leading scorer on the Norm Sloan-coached teams that made NCAA Tournament runs in the 1980s. Statistics from his junior and senior year were stripped following NCAA sanctions related to Maxwell that were leveled against UF.
Maxwell went on to a 13-year NBA career, helping the Houston Rockets win NBA titles in 1994 and 1995.
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