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Former Cavaliers forward Shawn Kemp arrested on shooting charge

Shawn Kemp Arrest
Posted at 12:14 PM, Mar 09, 2023

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Former NBA star Shawn Kemp, who played for the Cavaliers from 1997 to 2000, was arrested and charged in connection with a drive-by shooting in Tacoma, Washington, and is scheduled to appear in court.

Online jail records show Kemp was booked on a felony charge of drive-by shooting shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday. Pierce County Sheriff spokesman Sgt. Darren Moss said Kemp, 53, was scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

Kemp was a six-time NBA all-star and played for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1989 to 1997. He also played for Portland and Orlando.

Kemp debuted in the NBA during the 1989-90 season as a 20-year-old who had never played college basketball. He became known for his high-flying, athletic dunks.

Kemp owns two cannabis stores in Seattle.

This Associated Press story was altered by News 5 to include Kemp's history with the Cavaliers.