Paras Griffin/Getty Images

18 former NBA players have been arrested and charged with defrauding the NBA's health and welfare benefit plan out of $4 million, federal prosecutors say.

Shannon Brown, pictured with ex-wife Monica Arnold in 2015, was indicted on October 7 by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of New York on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud.

Brown, 35, retired from the NBA in 2018 after 12 seasons. Monica, 40, divorced him a year later.

17 other former NBA players, including Sebastian Telfair, Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Darius Miles, were also charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud.

Federal prosecutors say the retired NBA stars filed fraudulent insurance claims for reimbursement to the tune of $4 million. Of that amount, the players took in $2.5 million, according to prosecutors.

David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

Sebastian Telfair, 36, was seen departing the Federal Court in the Southern District of NY with an ankle monitor after being indicted by a federal grand jury on October 7 in New York City. He retired from the NBA in 2017 after playing 13 seasons.

David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

The other seventeen defendants were also equipped with ankle monitors.

BIG3 via Getty Images

In this August 25, 2019 file photo, Glen "Big Baby" Davis, right, fights off defender Donte Greene during the BIG3 Playoffs in New Orleans, Louisiana. Davis retired from the NBA in 2019 after 12 seasons.

Davis, 35, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of New York on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud.

On February 7, 2018, Davis was arrested and charged with drug possession and drug distribution after police found marijuana and a briefcase containing $92,000 in cash inside his hotel room in Aberdeen, Maryland.

The drug charges against Davis were later dropped in exchange for a plea deal.

Photo may have been deleted

Twitter/@Calltcooks

NBA coaches and players are banding together once again to help former NBA star Delonte West after a new viral photo shows him panhandling for money on the side of a busy roadway in Dallas.

On Sept. 22, Twitter user @Calltcooks uploaded a photo that showed a bedraggled West wearing a white, loose-fitting long sleeved shirt and grey jogging pants.

He was holding a cardboard sign, begging for money. @Calltcooks captioned the image: "Got damn Delonte West."

The 37-year-old former shooting guard once played alongside LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers team. They fell out after gossip blogs linked West with James' mother, Gloria James, in a relationship.

West played 8 seasons in the NBA. He last played for the Boston Celtics in 2012, but he was waived for arguing with teammates.

After playing in the NBA's D-league and for a China team, West returned to the U.S. and fell on hard times after he began drinking and allegedly abusing drugs, which exacerbated his mental health problems.

At the peak of his career, West purchased homes for his parents and helped family members financially, but he received little financial help after he fell on hard times.

Viral photos and videos over the years have portrayed West as homeless and a drug addict. West's former coach Doc Rivers and the Players Association tried to help him after he was beaten bloody by a homeless man in January.

Several years ago, West's brother, Dmitri, revealed his brother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

"Delonte West is not crazy, he is not on drugs. I don't know what exactly is going on in his mind but I can tell you that he is safe and he's doing OK. My family are trying to get him the best professional help that's out there, the best that they can afford."

The NBA has once again offered its resources to help West, theGRIO reported.
 

Copyright Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to the photograph(s) or video(s) used in this post. Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" of photographs for purposes such as parody, criticism, commentary, news reporting, education, and research.

Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

Former NBA star Sebastian Telfair lost his mother and brother after they contracted the coronavirus, the New York Times reports.

Erica Telfair, 64, died Monday after Sebastian's older brother, Dan Telfair, passed away from the virus on March 28.

Former Knicks and Nets guard Stephon Marbury, Sebastian's cousin, confirmed Dan's death in an interview with the Undefeated.

At the time, Marbury said Erica had also contracted the disease and was "fighting for her life".

Sebastian and his younger brother, Ethan Telfair, who played at Lincoln High School and Idaho State, shared their grief on social media.

Sebastian, 34, was the first guard to jump from high school to the NBA. He was drafted 13th overall by the Portland Trailblazers in 2004.
 

Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Former NBA star Nick Young apparently waited until he was out of the league to formally declare his preference for men.

His female fans were stunned when a viral photo showed the 34-year-old, 6' 7" shooting guard holding hands with a short, bow legged man.

Young also shocked his Instagram followers when he complimented the same man's sexy lips.

Photo may have been deleted

Young's nickname is "Swaggy P", which he said is a pseudo-biblical reference to "the Prophet of Swag."

Young was a standout star for the USC Trojans and was selected by the Washington Wizards in the first round of the 2007 NBA draft with the 16th overall pick. He played 5 tumultuous years for the Los Angeles Lakers (2013–2017) and he won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2018.

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Nothing in Young's personal life gave insight into his hidden lifestyle. He fathered three children - 2 sons and a daughter - with his high school sweetheart Keonna Green. He is a doting dad to his children.

The couple's last two children were born in 2019 and 2016 - the same year he called off his engagement to rapper Izzy Azalea.

Photo by EVGA / BACKGRID

Young was caught creeping with other women over the years, but there was no indication that he also slept with men.

Young is the latest sports star to "come out" of the closet after retirement.

Here is a list of pro athletes who came out of the closet after retiring from sports.
 

This is an open post where you can discuss any subject matter. This post will not be censored or moderated. Disqus may automatically moderate certain words considered offensive. There are no rules in Open Posts. So enter at your own risk.

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

NBA coaches and players have reached out to fallen NBA star Delonte West after disturbing video shows a man punching and stomping him on a Washington D.C. highway.

The video shows vehicles driving by slowly as a man punched and stomped West who lay in a crumpled heap in a roadway.

A second video shows a shirtless man who resembles West sitting on a curb with his wrists handcuffed behind his back. West has a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

West's Saint Joseph's teammate, ex-NBA star Jameer Nelson, and their former coach Phil Martelli expressed concern for West's mental health.

West is best known for briefly dating LeBron James' mother Gloria James, while he was LeBron's teammate in Cleveland.

Photo may have been deleted

Photos by Prince Williams/ATLpics.net

In addition to dating LeBron's mom, West also briefly date actress Vivica A. Fox (pictured).

West bounced around the NBA after being chosen by the Boston Celtics in the 1st round of the 2004 NBA draft.

Photo by Washington Post via Getty Images

West is pictured with his wife Caresha and son Cash when he played for the NBA's G League team Texas Legends in 2015.

Photo may have been deleted