Former NBA Player Rider Arrested for Auto Theft

Isaiah Rider, a former NBA player, was arrested for investigation of auto theft in Los Angeles Saturday after failing to stop at an intersection at 2:30 am. Upon inspection by officers, the license plates were found to belong to a car reported stolen from South Los Angeles. As of Saturday night, Rider, 37 is being held on $25,000 bail.

Isaiah Rider

He has been arrested four times since 2006, including three since last January. Charges have included cocaine possession, evading an officer, illegal possession of a firearm, grand theft, disobeying a court order, and providing false information to a peace officer.

Rider bounced between five NBA teams in his nine seasons in the league, including Minnesota and Portland. In college, he came to signify the anti-establishment UNLV Runnin’ Rebels as they succeeded beyond expectations. His arrest for milkshake tossing while at UNLV came to signify the program’s perceived flaws in character and lawfulness.

Feuds with coaches, confrontations with the media, and numerous arrests during his playing career limited his success. In 2000-2001, he won an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers but did not play in the playoffs, having been left off the roster.

Rider has battled cocaine and marijuana addictions through his playing career and into retirement, admitting to the court in 2006 that he had been mixing the two. He was sentenced to seven months for those crimes, the first time he served prison time for his actions.