Former NBAer Caught Tipping Off Drug Kingpin

The life of a retired NBA benchwarmer is a rough one. You’ve blown most of your career earnings on bad business deals and overpriced houses, you’re not well known enough to make any money endorsing things, and nobody appreciates the years you spent putting up 10 points per game for an awful expansion team. What’s a forgotten cager to do?

Pooh Richardson

Well, if you’re former Minnesota Timberwolf Pooh Richardson, you while away your days looking out for the well being of your friends. Seems like a worthy and wholesome way for ol’ Pooh to spend his time until you find out that his “friends” are drug lords and “looking out for” means “tipping them off to a raid by the feds.” Oops.


Richardson, 42, called Alton “Ace Capone” Coles from California shortly before 3 a.m. on Aug. 10, 2005, to tell him that “the feds were coming,” according to those familiar with the probe. Coles and several top associates were arrested in a series of raids about three hours later. They were charged with heading a multimillion-dollar crack cocaine distribution network. Philadelphia police detective Richard “Rickie” Durham, a boyhood friend of Richardson’s, was the source of the information Richardson forwarded to Coles that morning, according to investigative sources. Durham is the target of a grand jury investigation.

The list of people who are friends with both drug lords and Philadelphia cops is probably pretty short, so it must not have been terribly hard to track down where the leak was. We’re not dealing with a crime genius here, just a forgotten basketballer.

Here’s some career advice for Richardson after he gets out of the clink - become mayor of a city, like Dave Bing or Kevin Johnson. It’s a good way to stay out of trouble. Just remember, under no circumstances should you start up a pot distribution business, even if you call it “supply chain management.” Just ask Corie Blount.