Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw was arrested by Atlanta police and charged with aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, after an incident involving ex-girlfriend and teammate Jennifer Lacey took an ugly turn, reports the Daily News.
Lacey, who had just finished working out at a church gym, was approached by Holdsclaw and asked whether she could put some of her things in her car. Lacy obliged Holdclaw’s request. Enroute to her home however, Lacy smelled gasoline coming from her vehicle and noticed when she looked in her rearview mirror that Holdsclaw was following her.
Instead of going home, Lacey drove to a friend’s home and when she parked, the 29-year-old former ball player told police that her former lover swung a baseball bat and began smashing the windows of her Range Rover SUV.
Holdsclaw reportedly shattered the vehicle’s driver’s side, rear passenger and rear windows. Lacey also told police that Holdsclaw produced a handgun and fired it inside her vehicle, then fled the scene.
Police later surmised that Holdsclaw may have poured gasoline in Lacey’s car before the violent episode took place in an effort to ignite an explosion when she allegedly fired the shot inside the vehicle.
Investigators later stumbled upon a 9mm shell casing at the scene of the violent occurrence.
Lacey was uninjured during the ruckus.
Both Lacey and Holdsclaw played together for the WNBA’s The Atlanta Dream, where they were teammates during the 2009 season.
Holdsclaw, who is a Queens, New York native, tells of her impoverished childhood in a housing project and how she battled depression at the beginning of her professional playing career in her autobiography, “Breaking Through: Beating the Odds Shot After Shot.” She also serves as a spokesperson for an organization, Active Minds, that empowers students to openly discuss mental health issues in order to educate others.
Bail was set at $10,000, but Holdsclaw was still in jail as of Friday morning.