Former Auburn star Chris Porter arrested

Updated: April 3, 2006, 6:30 PM ET
Associated Press

DOTHAN, Ala. -- Former Southeastern Conference player of the year Chris Porter has been charged with driving under the influence and second-degree possession of marijuana.

The former Auburn star was arrested early Saturday morning. He was initially arrested for failure to pay a traffic ticket earlier this year, but then was charged with DUI and marijuana possession.

After being arrested and placed in jail, Porter was taken to a hospital because he was sick. He returned to the jail, and was released Sunday after posting bond, police said Monday.

In 1998-99, Porter averaged 16 points and 8.6 rebounds, was the SEC player of the year and led Auburn to a pair of NCAA tournament victories after transferring from a Florida junior college. During his senior season in 1999-2000, Porter was ruled ineligible for allegedly accepting money from an agent and missed the last eight games of the season. He has played professionally in the minor league CBA and also overseas during the past couple of years after stints in the NBA with Golden State and Charlotte.

In August 2001, while playing for the Warriors, Porter was arrested in Alabama and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. The arrest followed a traffic stop when an officer allegedly found cocaine in his pocket.

He was fined and received a 12-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana charge.


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