According to a report by the Daily Herald, former Illinois basketball player Jereme Richmond was charged today with three felonies including aggravated battery. The report claims that Richmond and a friend threatened a 17 year old girl that had been in a relationship with the former player.
On Sunday, Scheller said, the woman drove to Richmond’s residence on the 2000 block of Arthur Drive in Waukegan to retrieve her cellphone. The two began to argue outside Richmond’s house, Scheller said, and Richmond shoved the woman back into her car during the ruckus.
Monday afternoon, Scheller said, Richmond and Riley drove to the woman’s house and Richmond began to argue with her again as her mother looked on. At one point, Scheller said, Richmond spit on the woman and said he was going to shoot her. Richmond turned back toward the car where Riley was seated and was searching for something when a Waukegan police car came on to the scene.
Police found the weapon in the car and took both men into custody.
Richmond could face up to 14 years in prison if he is convicted on all charges. It is sad to see a young man who had so much potential make such poor choices. Richmond was an ESPNChicago’s boys basketball player of the year in 2010 and a McDonald’s All-American at Waukegan High School. He was a major recruit for Illinois, the first Mr. Illinois Basketball player to commit since Dee Brown, and had been committed to the program since his freshman year in high school. Richmond declared for the NBA draft after one year at Illinois but was not drafted.
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